Reds Trade Phillips To Atlanta

Posted February 14, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds have traded away longtime second baseman Brandon Phillips. The Reds acquired Phillips in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2006.

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. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Atlanta was able to entice Phillips to waive his no-trade clause by making some minor changes to his deal.

Brandon Phillips appears to be packing his bags after more than a decade in Cincinnati. Rosenthal noted Phillips "used his no-trade protection to thwart deals to the Diamondbacks and Nationals" last offseason.

He is a.275 career hitter and has 197 homeruns and 889 runs batted in. He's a three-time all-star, four-time Gold Glove victor and is 137 hits shy of 2,000.

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Also per Rosenthal, the Braves' interest in Phillips increased with utility infielder Sean Rodriguez - who was expected to challenge incumbent Jace Peterson for time at second - will undergo left shoulder surgery next week that will keep him out three-to-five months.

In 2016, Phillips hit.291 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs in 141 games. Phillips also has a limited no-trade provision that has 12 teams he can't be traded to without his approval.

Either those players were expecting Phillips to be traded or they believed Peraza would find 400-500 at-bats somehow. Given the ongoing presence of shortstop Zack Cozart, a 31-year-old defensive whiz with decent power and one year of club control remaining, it's possible that the Reds could play Peraza at second while Herrera gets more minor league seasoning, since the team doesn't want to bring him up to languish on the bench. The Reds will pay $13 million of that with the Braves only responsible for $1 million, per Jon Heyman. 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.

In return for Phillips, Cincinnati receives two pitchers.