Matt Eddy reports that Rays minor league free agent LHP Heath Phillips has signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Phillips began 2008 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) until his release on July 19th. Durham signed him as a free agent on July 29th and he went on to pitch in 9 games (3 starts) putting up a 2.86 ERA over 22 innings.
He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 10th round of the 2000 draft and was named the International League Most Valuable Pitcher in 2006. You may also remember that he and three relievers combined on a no-hitter on October 13th in the Mexican Pacific League. Phillips pitched five innings, struck out two and walked five. He'll be 27 on opening day and had no shot to make the Rays out of spring training. Best of luck to him in the Royals organization.