ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Brett Phillips has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
The club announced the deal Monday for Phillips, who is likely to compete with Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak for the job as the Halos’ fourth outfielder.
Phillips is joining his fifth big league team after previous stints with Milwaukee, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Baltimore. He is a career .188 hitter who contributes largely with defence and speed.
Phillips played in 83 games last season between the Rays and the Orioles, batting .144 with five homers and 15 RBIs.
The Angels’ starting outfield appears set with Mike Trout, Taylor Ward and newcomer Hunter Renfroe. Adell and Moniak both have much higher offensive upsides than Phillips, but both also have an available option year to make sure they get consistent at-bats in 2023.
Phillips is the Angels’ latest offseason addition of proven big-league talent alongside Renfroe, Gio Urshela, Brandon Drury and pitchers Tyler Anderson and Carlos Estevez.
Los Angeles is mired in the majors’ longest streaks of losing seasons (seven) and non-playoff seasons (eight).
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