Fan Favorite Gets DFA'd For 3rd Time In Past Nine Months

Sometimes, being popular simply isn't enough. The Los Angeles Angels have designated for assignment one of the most popular players in all of baseball, putting an end to Brett Phillips' run in Anaheim. It's the 3rd time in the last nine months that the outfielder has been DFA'd.

Phillips is known more for his speed and defense than his offense, but his .077 average this season (1-for-13) is rough even for his standards. He hasn't gotten much of a chance at the plate, to be fair, but his lifetime average in seven seasons in the majors is just .187 with a .616 OPS. He does have three stolen bases this season. 

He was DFA'd by the Rays last August, picked up by the Baltimore Orioles, then DFA'd again later that month. Phillips signed a one-year, $1.2M contract with the Angels this past offseason. 

The soon-to-be 29-year-old is best known for his fun antics, and for his playoff heroics and airplane celebration with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020. 

He's also played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals over his career. He'll now look to bring his outstanding outfield defense and infectious brand of fun to another big league dugout somewhere. 

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