Rumors of a trade for Phillips?

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 24, 2004

Demopolis could possibly witness a national televised appearance of one of it’s own this summer in the major leagues, for there are talks in the works of a possible trade for Demopolis Academy graduate and University of Alabama second basemen Andy Phillips.

According to Joe Santry, Director of Communications for the AAA Columbus Clippers, the New York Yankee minor league affiliate, there are plenty of rumors floating about of a trade for the hard-hitting Phillips.

Phillips, who participated in an extended spring training this year due to surgery during the off-season to repair his elbow, is back at third base this season and is showing no signs of complications, especially at the plate.

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“He is doing great so far,” Santry said. “He looks extremely impressive in the field and is literally knocking the cover off the ball.”

Phillips is currently hitting .344 with a .574 slugging percentage. In just 16 games this season, Phillips has earned 11 RBIs along with 12 runs on 21 hits with four home runs.

The rumors of a trade, according to Santry are coming from the Kansas City Royals organization, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and the Chicago White Sox organization.

All have apparently taken great notice of the Demopolis native, and with any luck Phillips could find himself moving into the show before too long. While the Yankee organization has sure treated Phillips well, the fact remains that with the Yankees signing Alex Rodigriuz this past year at third, Phillips could find himself sitting in Columbus for quite some time. But if he were to be traded to one of the three teams mentioned his odds of making it to the major leagues would dramatically change for the better.

As of now, the talk appears to be just that, talk. But Santry did say that numerous scouts were interested in Phillips and have all liked what they have seen this season with his return after surgery.