Phils acquire Featherston from Halos for infield depth

Phils acquire Featherston from Halos for infield depth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added some infield depth to their system on Wednesday by acquiring Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named or cash.

Featherston, 26, hit .162 with a .459 OPS in 169 plate appearances last season. The Angels selected him from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft in 2014, and Featherston remained on the 25-man roster the entire season, despite his lack of production at the plate.

Featherston's OPS ranked last out of 389 players with 150 or more plate appearances in 2015. But he is regarded as a good fielder. He can play second base, third base and shortstop.

Featherston takes a spot on the Phils' 40-man roster, although he can be optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room, left-hander Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment.

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