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Reds sign Phillips

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_425429.jpgFormer Yankee Andy Phillips signed a minor-league deal with the Reds that included an invitation to spring training.

The Reds have Scott Hatteberg at first base with top prospect Joey Votto close to being ready. But if they make a trade for pitching, Votto could go.

This much I can tell you: When the Yankees play the Reds in Sarasota on March 6, I suspect Andy will be the story of the day. He’s a good guy who had a lot of bad luck the last two years. Here’s wishing him well.

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RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Billy Traber and C Jason Brown all signed minor-league deals with the Yankees and will be invited to spring training. Phillips appeared in seven games for the White Sox last season. Traber is a well-traveled former first-round pick of the Mets. He was with the Nationals last year.

RHP Matt DeSalvo signed a minor-league deal with the Braves. Good news for the bookstores in Richmond.

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34 Responses to “Reds sign Phillips”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 4th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Wish him the best. He deserves some good luck.

  2. matt January 4th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I’m a yankee fan who moved from NY to Alabama a few yrs ago and I was sad to see Andy go :(€

  3. RangerRob January 4th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    good luck andy

  4. mike f January 4th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    exactly right rebecca! what a great kid andy is. we’ll miss him
    glad he has a good guy like dusty as his manager

  5. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 4th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Best of luck to Andy, I really hope he makes the team!

  6. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    You hope for the best for Andy…but on the Reds depth chart, he’s blocked. I hope he gets a legitimate shot before he hangs up his spikes.

  7. pat January 4th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Andy always struck me as a high character guy. Good luck to him.

    I heard Matt DeSalvo signed with Atlanta. Not sure if it is a major or minor league deal.

  8. Tom January 4th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    No way Matt Desalvo got a major league deal anywhere.

  9. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    best of luck andy! Dont know why the yanks didnt give him the chance to come back i say hes better than the options they have now.

  10. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 4th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I believe they did, but he choose to become a free agent. I hope they don’t regret letting him go considering Wilson is one of the options for first.

  11. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 4th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    chose!! ugh edit button please!!

  12. Yanksrule57 January 4th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Someone I know and respect is long-time friends with Andy’s family. He tells me what you see is what you get; a great person. You can’t help but root for a guy like him to succeed.

  13. ET90210 January 4th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Clemens is in big trouble, eh?

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....-congress/

  14. pat January 4th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Went back and looked and Desalvo was a minor league deal.

    Don’t know if this was already posted somewhere but per Baseball America, Yanks signed a few to minor league deals too.

    New York Yankees
    Signed: RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Billy Traber, C Jason Brown, 2B Nick Green

  15. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 4th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Tom: I know one that might have your head for that comment :-P

  16. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, you are correct, it was Andy’s choice not to sign a minor league deal with the Yanks. He was offered one and refused.

  17. Doreen January 4th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I wish Andy Phillips all the best. Perhaps the change will be a good thing for him; certainly it seemed that with the Yankees almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It’s no surprise to read that he was genuine.

  18. Doreen January 4th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Um, that he IS genuine.

  19. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 4th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    He worked his tail off and that is something you enjoy seeing. He didn’t take anything for granted. He wasn’t blessed with a bat like Alex, but you never doubted that he didn’t try his best.

  20. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 4th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Yanksrule57

    Please pass on to him, that we wish him the best of luck.

  21. bphill January 4th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    J’adore Andy I will miss him.

  22. JJNJ January 5th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I really hope Andy’s in the lineup when we play the Reds in June. Wish him nothing but the best!

  23. Dee January 5th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Best of luck Andy! Thanks for what you did for the Yankees.

  24. Jim in CT January 5th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Anybody know if Billy Traber is related to Jim Traber, the 1b who played (but was AAAA talent and never quite made it) for Baltimore in the 80s? We’re seeing the kids of a number of the 70s-80s players come up now. Age difference is 18 years per Retrosheet.

  25. Don January 5th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Could not agree more. Bad day when the Yanks let him go. I’ll be rooting for Andy no matter where he goes. “Andy your the best”

  26. RockinDaBronx January 5th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    APhil is good people, I hope things go well for him in cincy.

  27. Nancy Ciccone January 5th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I’m very sorry that we didn’t keep Andy. I did not know they offered him a minor league contract. You wonder why he didn’t accept yet accepted the same type of contract with the Reds.
    I wish him well – he’s a good guy

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