Phegley signed a one-year, $1.075 million contract with the A's on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. For the second year in a row, Phegley and the A's were able to avoid arbitration. The backstop split time between Triple-A Nashville and the big club in 2018, hitting .235/.331/.412 in 36 games for the Sounds while slashing .204/.255/.344 through 39 games with the A's. The 30-year-old profiles more as a backup and doesn't figure to hold much fantasy value outside of two-catcher formats even in a starting role.
Phegley went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Angels. Phegley took advantage of only his third start since September 5, recording his first multi-run game of the season. He had only nine at-bats in September entering Thursday's action, and that lack of playing time greatly limits his value.
Phegley went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Astros. Phegley plated a run in the sixth inning on a double, and he added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth after lining another double to left field. As the backup catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy, Phegley figures to see limited playing time down the stretch of the regular season. He's slashing .233/.284/.433 over 22 games in 2018.
Phegley went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday. Phegley has started two of the past four games and made good use of them, going 3-for-8 with Saturday's double and a run. The 30-year-old continues to serve as a solid complement to primary backstop Jonathan Lucroy, slashing .240/.286/.440 with four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI across 56 plate appearances thus far this season.
Phegley went 1-for-4 with a run in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday. The veteran backstop's playing time has been sporadic, as Wednesday marked only his sixth start of July. Phegley has contributed a single in half of those games, but his .217/.269/.413 season line and limited opportunities currently limit his fantasy value to the deepest of AL-only formats.