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The Mets have claimed ex-Yankee Andy Phillips off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds today, as first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Much like the acquisition of Trot Nixon, this isn’t an earth-shattering maneuver and certainly won’t change the culture of the Mets in one fell swoop, however, it’s a smart, low-risk pickup and could help fill a need on a roster full of holes.

Phillips, a 31-year-old journeyman first baseman, hit very little for the Reds this year in just 21 at-bats, however, in 40 games with Class AAA Louisville this season he batted .315 with five homers and 22 RBI. If the Mets decide to add Phillips to the major league roster, he’ll provide interim manager Jerry Manuel with a much-needed right-handed bat on the bench, not to mention a right-handed option at first base to rest or platoon the struggling Carlos Delgado.

According to Rosenthal, Phillips has also appeared in two games at second base this season and could see time there with the Mets if the team decides to rest Luis Castillo and his ailing knees.

I like the move and hope the team continues to tinker with the roster, adding guys like Nixon and Phillips. Willie Randolph would probably still have a job today if his cupboard hadn’t been so bare for so long this season. I like seeing Omar being proactive here as he no-doubt scours the trade market for a high impact deal.

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  1. 1 On June 25th, 2008, Rob Abruzzese said:

    I like this move a lot more than getting Nixon. I still don’t see how Nixon makes the Mets better. While Phillips certainly isn’t a great player he isn’t terrible. He can hit a little, maybe better than Delgado, and he can fill in at first and second while providing good defense.

    This move obviously isn’t a big impact move, but its an incremental maneuver which will make the Mets a little more competitive.

  2. 2 On June 25th, 2008, gozer said:

    well phillips was a bit of a fan favorite with yankee fans, it seems, and i think he was always perceived as a better hitter than he actually was. aside from ’07 when he hit .292, he’s essentially been a .240 hitter with limited power. Obviously you hope to catch lightning in a bottle, but I would settle for a .250 average from both Andy and Trot in part-time duty. Naturally if you’re gonna play every day, you’ve got to hit a bit more.

  3. 3 On June 25th, 2008, Rob Abruzzese said:

    Well he wasn’t outstanding last season but he was consistent.

  4. 4 On June 26th, 2008, phil said:

    either way these arent the moves to get the mets beating the mariners

  5. 5 On June 26th, 2008, Thomas Magnum said:

    Phillips has always been great in the minors but not been able to make his numbers translate to the Bigs. He was absolutely beloved as a Yankee. He never complains and always says the right things. He works hard and gets dirty. He might hit .250 for the Mets in a limited role, but he will get the loudest cheers as well. He’s one of those guys you should want on your team.

  6. 6 On June 26th, 2008, Thomas Magnum said:

    And in his defense, he has never ever had the chance to produce on a consistent basis.

  7. 7 On July 1st, 2008, gozer said:

    so much for andy phillips.

  8. 8 On July 4th, 2008, Don said:

    Does anybody think that there’s ONE PERSON running the Mets who has a clue what they’re doing? This team seems lost—from top to bottom!

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