Atlanta Braves Acquire Brandon Phillips

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 05: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on against the New York Mets during a game at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Mets defeated the Reds 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Brandon Phillips via a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will receive minor league pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo as reported by Zach Buchanan. Cincinnati will also eat a large portion of Phillips’ contract for 2017, making this trade a slam dunk for Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves Acquire Brandon Phillips from Reds

Why Atlanta Pulled the Trigger

The reasons for Atlanta making the trade were not immediately clear. After all, the team has two highly touted second base prospects in Ozzie Albies and Travis Demeritte. Super utility-man Sean Rodriguez was also signed this offseason with the expectation that he would see lots of playing time at second base. The issue, as reported by Mark Bowman, seems to be that Rodriguez may have been injured during a car crash with his family in January.

Other reports indicate that Rodriguez may miss between three and five months as a result of shoulder surgery. Phillips, who attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, gives the Braves a veteran presence at second base while their young studs round into form.

The Details

The Braves were able to fill a need without surrendering anything of significance or paying a large sum of money. McKirahan and Portuondo are two players without a legitimate shot of breaking through in Atlanta. The Reds were also willing to pay a large portion of Phillips’ salary simply to make room for young infielders Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera. Moving Phillips, a fan-favorite in Cincinnati, was a hard decision at such a low cost, but the Reds want their young players to see playing time. For the Braves, the trade met a need without sacrificing any of the young talent they have acquired over the past two seasons. Bringing Phillips home looks like a win for Atlanta.

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