The Phillies pulled off a very minor trade on Friday when they sent Taylor Featherston, who was on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster, to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash consideration. The Rays have had a rash of injuries and were in need of a utility infielder at the major league level, leading to the acquisition of Featherston. The deal is reminiscent of one that sent outfielder Rich Thompson to the Rays in May of 2012 for pitcher Kyle Hudson. At the time, Tampa Bay needed a utility outfielder and Thompson fit the bill for what they needed in a deal.
With Lehigh Valley this season, Featherston hit 3-20-.270/.370/.394 in 46 games this season. The Phillies acquired Featherston from the Angels in February of 2016 in a cash deal. The deal that sends him to Tampa Bay is the third time that Featherston has been traded for cash considerations. In his career, Featherston has played in the majors for the Angels and Phillies, appearing in 120 games with a line of 2-10-.156/.207/.233 as a major leaguer.
Also on Friday, Lehigh Valley placed outfielder Roman Quinn on the DL retroactive to February 8th with a left elbow strain. Quinn injured the elbow sliding into third base and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews after an MRI revealed that there may be damage to the ulnar collateral ligament.
With Quinn going on the DL and Featherston being dealt to Tampa Bay, the IronPigs roster is down to 22 active players. Speculation is that Reading second baseman Scott Kingery may be bumped up to Lehigh Valley at some point over the weekend.