The Rangers have traded left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips to Baltimore for minor leaguer infielder/outfielder Nick Green and cash considerations.
Green, 32, will not go on the 40-man roster and has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. He has spent all of 2011 with Triple-A Norfolk in the International League, hitting .208 (64-for-308) with 10 homers, 16 doubles and 46 RBIs in 87 games. A versatile fielder, Green has played second base, third base and shortstop as well as all three outfield positions.
Green has 393 games of major league experience with six different teams, including: Atlanta (2004), Tampa Bay (2005-06) and the Yankees (2006), Seattle (2007), Boston (2009), the Dodgers (2010) and Toronto (2010). He has a career .237 average in the majors with 16 homers and 96 RBIs. He has played the majority of those stints in the infield at second, third and short.
Phillips, 24, was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room for Scott Feldman to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. So the club had 10 days to get him through waivers, trade him or release. So they at least get something for the lefty, who was at Triple-A Round Rock all season going 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA and three saves in 44 2/3 innings pitched (33 relief appearances). He hasn't made it to the big leagues yet, but was at major league spring training the last two seasons. He was taken by the Rangers in the 23rd round of the 2004 draft.