Reds trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to Braves
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 15:17
He and his family were involved in a auto accident last month that hospitalized the player's wife and children. Last winter he turned down potential trades to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals. Cincinnati will reportedly pay the majority of Phillips' $14 million salary while receiving only a minimal return according to Rosenthal. Injured left hand near end of last season.
Phillips, however, has a full no-trade clause and rejected a trade to his hometown of Atlanta earlier this offseason.
Phillips has invoked his no-trade clause in the past, vetoing moves to the Nationals and Diamondbacks in the a year ago, and another potential trade to the Braves in January. Phillips is in the past year of his long-term deal with the Reds so it remains to be seen if the Braves intend to extend him immediately. He grew up in nearby Stone Mountain and still has a home in the metro-area.
Phillips tweeted the following on Saturday night: "What a day lol!"
Sources: #Braves close to acquiring 2B Brandon Phillips from #Reds. Last season saw him hit.291 with 11 homers and 64 RBI. However, this time it seems as if it might actually materialize, as FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports.
OUR TAKE: A three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award victor, Phillips' best days are behind him but he proved he can still contribute and would fit in perfectly in the Braves' infield and lineup. There's no word on who the Reds will receive in the trade, though it is conceivable it will be a straight salary dump with the Braves giving up little of effect.