Cincinnati Reds trade three-time all-star Brandon Phillips to Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA-The Braves acquired three-time all-star Brandon Phillips on Sunday from the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Andrew McKirahan and minor league right-hander Carlos Portuondo.

Phillips does have a no-trade clause and blocked a deal to Atlanta back in January. He's a three-time all-star, four-time Gold Glove victor and is 137 hits shy of 2,000. Phillips also has a limited no-trade provision that has 12 teams he can't be traded to without his approval. He played 31 games at shortstop and 21 in the outfield and depending on your league rules, he should get second base eligibility early in the season.

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The Braves tried to acquire Phillips in November and when he declined, Atlanta signed Sean Rodriguez, who injured his shoulder in a auto accident a few weeks ago and is expected to miss three-to-five months. Phillips joins a list of new Atlanta players that includes Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Jaime Garcia and Kurt Suzuki, who only have guaranteed contracts through 2017. Last season saw him hit.291 with 11 homers and 64 RBI. He did have the right to veto a trade as someone with 10 years of major league service, including five with the same team, but the chance to potentially contend was likely appealing. Rosenthal noted Phillips "used his no-trade protection to thwart deals to the Diamondbacks and Nationals" last offseason.

One year after posting a 3.5-WAR season, according to Baseball Reference, the 35-year-old put together his worst performance since first joining the Reds 11 years ago. He graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 1999, per Yahoo! He made 27 relief appearances for the Braves in 2015 on either side of an 80-game suspension for a human growth hormone-releasing peptide but was cuffed for a 5.93 ERA. Portuondo and McKirahan are both fringey type relievers, with Portuondo having come over from Cuba and pitched for the first time in the States in 2016, and McKirahan having missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. They've also guaranteed to pay him an additional $500,000 if Atlanta feels it's in the best interest of the organization to trade him sometime this year. Dansby Swanson-SS3. Freddie Freeman-1st4. His -7 defensive runs saved (DRS) was 18th among 21 qualified second baseman in baseball a year ago.

  • Phil Peters