Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is warming up the hot stove early
The Phillies completed a minor league transaction Friday morning, trading IronPigs utility player Taylor Featherston to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Philadelphia will receive cash considerations in return according to multiple reports.
Tampa Bay’s acquisition of Featherston comes hours after learning outfielder Kevin Kiermaier suffered a fracture in his hip.
The move could potentially open a role for the streaking hot Scott Kingery in Lehigh Valley to start at second base. Should Kingery be promoted to play second base, veteran infielder Pedro Florimon would assume Featherston’s role at third.
Featherston appeared in 19 games for the Phillies in 2016, hitting .115 with three total hits while covering at second base.
During his stint with the first-place IronPigs this season Featherston hit .270 with three home runs playing left, first, second, and third.
Featherston was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels in February 2016 and sent to Philadelphia for cash or a player to be named later. Philadelphia released the utility man leading up to Opening Day but immediately re-signed him to a minor league deal.
After splitting a four-game series in Atlanta, Philadelphia sets their sights on St. Louis as they continue their trip to the west coast.