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Source: Brandon Phillips stayed with Red Sox despite interest from other MLB teams

Rob Bradford
September 06, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Brandon Phillips had an opportunity to opt-out of his minor-league deal with the Red Sox after signing with the organization in late June.

He chose to stay with the Red Sox. Evidently, the 37-year-old did so despite actually drawing some intriguing interest from other clubs.

Per a major league source, multiple teams expressed interest in adding Phillips as the infielder's time with Triple-A Pawtucket unfolded. But, as Phillips insinuated upon arriving with the Red Sox in Atlanta, he had a desire to finish what he started with Boston while not wanting to deviate from the program set forth by Sox.

The patience paid off with this week's call-up, Wednesday's game-winning home run and perhaps a chance to make a run at the Red Sox' postseason roster.

Appearing on OMF with Glenn Ordway, Christian Fauria and Lou Merloni Thursday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn't exactly rule out that Phillips had a chance at being considered for a spot on the roster come playoff time.

"He could have opted out a month and a half ago, but he didn't. His reasons? I don't know why," Cora said. "But then Sept. 1 comes and he doesn't opt-out and he stays there and finishes the season with Triple-A. I was like, you know what, he's playing well. This is a good way too to open some eyes for the future. If you're a veteran guy that sees we gave Brandon a chance to play in September and you never know what can happen in October, and next year you don't have a job, hey, you might take the Red Sox into consideration and we can get some veteran players to play Triple-A knowing they might have an impact at the big league level. He can righties. He can hit lefties. He's a good baserunner. He can play second. He can play third. We'll see what happens in September and then we'll make a decision."

For a closer look at how Phillips might make the postseason roster, click here.