Brandon Phillips is an Atlanta Brave, with the Cincinnati Reds having sent the second baseman (and a bunch of cash) to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo, it is being reported. This trade should allow more regular playing time for Phillips, who appeared unlikely to receive that amidst a crowded infield on the rebuilding Reds.
The Atlanta-native Phillips is signed through the upcoming season. Phillips is a solid hitter who enjoys making the flashy plays that Braves fans will enjoy and will help put people in seats going into the new stadium. Phillips is a similar short-window move, and he's a nice stop-gap at second base with the expectation top prospect Ozzie Albies will be ready to take over next year.
The Braves tried to acquire Phillips in November and when he declined, Atlanta signed Sean Rodriguez, who injured his shoulder in a vehicle accident a few weeks ago and is expected to miss three-to-five months.
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As a player with at least 10 years of major league service, including five with his current team, Phillips had the right to block any trades.
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The deal has yet to be finalized and it is unclear what the Braves will part with in order to get Phillips.
Phillips went to high school in metro Atlanta, attending Redan High School in Stone Mountain.
Last season, Phillips hit.291 with 11 home runs and 64 RBI, with a.320 on-base percentage. He has done that several times through the years, most notably blocking deals to the Nationals last offseason and the Yankees the offseason before that.
McKirahan, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins in April 2015 and pitched in 27 games (27.1 IP) in relief for the Braves during the 2015 campaign. Portuondo, 29, signed with the Braves from out of Cuba prior to the 2016 season. His -7 defensive runs saved (DRS) was 18th among 21 qualified second baseman in baseball past year. Dansby Swanson-SS3. Freddie Freeman-1st4.