Phillies rumor: Club finalizes trade with the Tampa Bay Rays

Mar 7, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Taylor Featherston (30) throws to first for the out during the fourth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Taylor Featherston (30) throws to first for the out during the fourth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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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.

Aug 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Taylor Featherston (21) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Taylor Featherston (21) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

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