Phillips, who turns 37, is a career. 275 hitter with 16 years of experience in the big leagues. He hit 191 home runs in 11 seasons (2006-16) with the Reds. He won four Gold Glove awards.
The Red Sox need help at second base. They lost starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia to an injury for an indefinite period. Eduardo Nunez has hit .253.