Braves acquire Brandon Phillips from Reds

Posted February 14, 2017

Cincinnati will include $14 million and receive minor league pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo.

Brandon Phillips is officially moving on from the Cincinnati Reds to join the Atlanta Braves. He is only 137 hits shy of 2,000 for his career.

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Days before they report for spring training, the Braves have added a whole new layer of intrigue to their second base situation, reportedly landing Brandon Philips from the Reds.

The Braves, though, were in need of a second baseman after presumed starter Sean Rodriguez injured his shoulder in a auto accident last week. He hit.294 with 12 home runs, 70 RBI and 23 steals in 148 games, a drastic improvement from his.266 average with eight home runs, 51 RBI and two steals in 121 games the prior year.

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One of the issues with dealing Phillips in the past was his full 10-and-5 no-trade rights, but those go away now that he has been dealt.

"We are thrilled to "welcome home" Brandon to Atlanta, where he will play in front of his family and friends and many of his fans", Coppolella said. That led the two teams to rekindle trade talks involving Phillips, with a deal expected to be culminated on Sunday. He reached the majors in 2015 with the Braves, posting a 5.93 earned run average over 27.1 innings pitched in relief. 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. The 28-year-old Portuondo is from Cuba and has yet to make it to the majors.

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Portuondo signed with the Braves as a free agent past year after eight seasons in the Cuban league with Santiago. The 20-year-old Albies, who split his 2016 season between Double A and Triple A, ranked 11th on both the MLB.com and Baseball America Top 100 Prospects lists this winter. Atlanta is Phillips' fourth professional organization. Sports. He will also be vital in the development of shortstop Dansby Swanson. It's unclear what Cincinnati will acquire in return, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal doesn't expect it to be much.