Angels Sign Brett Phillips

Perry Minasian continues to add depth. Today he snagged Brett Phillips on a major league deal. One year, $1.2 million.

Phillips brings a great glove and the ability to play all three outfield positions. He also hits from the left hand side. He doesn’t hit very well, though.

This signing should push Jo Adell to Salt Lake to start the year with Mickey Moniak also likely sliding down the depth chart.

Brett Phillips is known as a character but also for this heartwarming interaction with a fan.

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Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago

`At $1.2 million- this is essentially a Spring Training invitation. It’s basically the major league minimum-plus. So he could be cut at any time with no impact.

tanana40
Trusted Member
2 months ago

Phillips is a great human being with a Career OPS+ of 72.
I would give Adell one more chance and also see if Ward can play some first base. I also want to see Moniak get many at-bats in spring training to see if can learn to hit.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Both Adell & Moniak will get one more chance next season. It will occur at the Great Salt Lake.

If this team is once again going to be serious about winning, We have No time for Losers.

tanana40
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I get what you are saying but Phillips has a career OPS+ of 72. I am not sure he is the answer as the fourth outfielder.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

I still think Adell has a legit shot at pounding his way on the roster

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

Yah. In the end, for both Moniak and Adell, if they want to be MLB players all they have to do is slaughter AAA pitching and then come up to the MLB and hit. It’s not like signing Phillips as depth negates the team’s ability to promote and play either one of them if they are killing it. It’s all a good thing. Between Trout, Adell, Moniak, Phillips the Angels actually have four human beings that can at least cover the area of CF. If any of those last three overperform expectations (and we have 3 shots at someone doing that here) then the team gets some gravy.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

Really, The elephant in the room is still the GOAT. Averaging only 77 games the last 2 seasons there will be ample opportunity for a 4th outfielder. So if Adell or Moniak are really poised to breakout this season, there will very likely be plenty of playing time to go around

Angelz4ever
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2 months ago

Coulda signed Brett Michaels…….whatever!

Fansince1971
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2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

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Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Well now that you’ve told me….

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 months ago

i get it

Corrrea AND Philips are better than just spending it all one one player and signing Aaron Judge for OF – PTP is genius plus he’s economical

Fansince1971
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2 months ago

This might be worth a small cone fountain at most

2002heaven
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2 months ago

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Not sure who’s a backup or who’s a starter since 2015!!!! Except for 2 guys everybody else sucks 😡  😡  💩  💩  👎 

Last edited 2 months ago by 2002heaven
DowningDude
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2 months ago

Any relation to Tony?

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Or Wilson?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

or Magnesia?

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

With his stats, he reminds me of Bum Phillips.

2GA2Join
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2 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Or Captain?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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This move doesn’t make me feel like a champion at all. I am so pissed off. Someone needs to get their shit together and make me feel like a winner damn it! What? am I supposed to do it myself!? If that idiot PTP was any good he’d go get me a CF who can hit and field whether one is available or not!

2002heaven
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2 months ago

https://www.redreporter.com/
 💪  💪  💪 

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 months ago

i wanna pony,
not an donkey

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  RexFregosi

If NewOnerz the Unicorn were around he’d find a way to sign a 25 year old Ricky Henderson for 400M. Then he’d just burn a pile of rare art because billionaire!

This is, after all, a must win season.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Love the photo of the post, Jeff. Was that taken after Rendon hit the home run left handed off that guy…I forget his name.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

So you’re not saying He can Pitch?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

So who’s getting jettisoned off the 40 man?

ryanfea
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Austin Warren has been DFA’d

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  ryanfea

I didnt see that coming. Someone will snag him for sure.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  ryanfea

Should have been Tucker Davidson

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Or Marte. Or Weiss or even the Plumber

Warren had a breakout year in 2021 but then a tough break year (Literally and figuratively) last year with the freak BP accident.

I guess Perry wont flush the Tucker Turd until after his impending multiple Spring training BP sessions

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Weiss and Plumber for sure

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 months ago

Good to have a pinch runner late in games

ryanfea
Trusted Member
2 months ago

Strong DFA by May 31st vibes to this one

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

So Adell and Moniak are not enough on the bench?

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
2 months ago

I logged in to type “Out of Ward, Moniak, and Adell, Ward is the one who has reasonable trade value. Can we get our shortstop for Ward?”

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

If we did trade Ward, did we just make left field the hole in the batting order instead of shortstop?

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Is this Charles Sutton asking Charles Sutton?

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I guess. I’m kind of a senior.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

You’re just covering all the bases.

red floyd
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

But we need a SS!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

I thought we needed a Unicorn NewOwnz. And a pony. Maybe a donkey. And no Carp in the FO. And a GM that is not a Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah, he’s cheap and provides defensive flexibility.

Hopefully no more games like last season when Ikeman played CF.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Don’t talk crazy talk. Ward is a keeper.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  JackFrost

Yeah. Don’t know why you’d take a guy who keeps getting better and better, is still kinda young, and is still cheap, and get rid of him. The shortstops that are worth that aren’t getting traded for just that and we don’t want to lose Ward for a .650 OPS SS.

grichmanpoorman
Member
2 months ago

OK, agreed. But what if you added 50-100 OPS with premium glove and got this guy? A little younger, slightly more expensive, almost certainly available… https://www.mlb.com/player/ha-seong-kim-673490

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

I like Kim. But I think our rabid fixation on SS has us overrating him a bit. He’s good. But as soon as we get him on our team we’ll realize that he’s a fairly good defender and a pretty light hitter over all…. and now we need a LF.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

I think the team would benefit the most with them playing everyday at the Great Salt Lake (or for another team)

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

If we had to aim low (Perry-style), I’d prefer trying to see what Moniak brings to the table. He’s done his work in the minors.

Phillips as a No. 4 hurts, No.5 okay. Squid-like batting skills should not be the first guy you call upon to give a guy a day or rest. He’s a late inning replacement.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

But if Renfroe & Ward are healthy, The Moniak is riding the pine most every night. If Phillips sits Who gives a shit.

AND so far Mickeys defensive numbers ain’t that great.

BTW a “no. 5” outfielder for next years team will be in Salt Lake or will already be playing another position like Walsh, Rengifo or Gio.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Moniak had a real good spring last year, then out with injury for months. With the Angels, had some decent ABs, then broke finger. Seems like a good guy. I’m not overly optimistic but Phillips spells doom for Moniak.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

Especially now that rosters are set at 28 guys…. oh wait….

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

You think he is getting another OF with offensive prowess?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

The fielding metrics like Phillips alot more than Tapia though.

Career wise Phillips has a .695 OPS against RHP’s so those are adequate numbers especially considering all of our RH outfielders.

At $1.2 M per year not sure there is much risk especially if he still has options left. Here’s what MLBTR had to say:

Phillips certainly has some drawbacks but there are plenty of admirable attributes as well. Statcast places his sprint speed in the 88th percentile, his outfield jump in the 99th and his arm strength in the 97th. That speed might be more useful this year with the new rules that are designed to encourage more base stealing. The limits on defensive shifts might also give him a boost at the plate since he was shifted on 88% of his plate appearances last year.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I was wrong he has no options left and from what I understand he’s not going to help with our new years resolution to cut down on strike outs. But all in all this is a low risk move. Now we need fill the other remaining 4 holes

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think we’re starting to plug imaginary holes on the roster. I don’t recall the unwashed masses clamoring to get a can’t hit-good defensive-runs faster than Forest Gump outfielder on the roster…..but perhaps I missed a post by 2002?

grichmanpoorman
Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Apropos of the shift… I wish these rules had been implemented while we still had Pujols. Kind of accelerated his descent into mediocrity.

2pints
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m convinced that the shift ban will lead to some players upping their offensive numbers quite a bit.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  2pints

True, it could raise his average 44-points, from .144 to.188. 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by FungoAle
gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

You have to imagine they at least checked in on Tapia before they settled on this.

Thing is, we have a starting CF and Tapia probably wants to start so he can get his career back, so he’s probably looking at a bit more money from a team that’ll pay him to start. Like the A’s. Sign him for 3M and let him start in the OF, have him play CF if they trade Lareano, blah blah blah.

It’s another thing I don’t get about our hive mind. If we can’t promise the best shot at a ring, nor can we promise 400 ABs, why would a guy who is as good as we seem to be demanding sign here? Same with being a 15-20 start pitcher. Or a good shortstop who can hit. Why would “good” come here for a job that is usually filled by more questionable players?

We are gonna have to deal with hoping for solid outcomes from uncertain players, most likely because of players than the FO not being willing to sign some guy.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

Then Perry should be lauded for putting together the best bench we’ve had in years.