Phillips does have a no-trade clause and blocked a deal to Atlanta back in January. The three-time All-Star is also one of the best defenders in the game, having earned four Gold Glove awards during his career.
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.
On the other hand, the Reds are in rebuilding mode so letting go of Phillips was a good move for them.
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.
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The South African was also second behind Savinova-Farnosova at the 2011 World Championships. She has not raced since 2013 after being suspended following an investigation.
Interestingly, about a month ago Phillips vetoed a deal that would have also sent him to Atlanta. Phillips ended the 2016 campaign with a.291 average, 11 home runs, 64 RBI, and 14 stolen bases.
Phillips is due to make $14 million this year, in the final year of his contract, and the Reds are expected to cover most of that salary to facilitate the trade. Rosenthal noted Phillips "used his no-trade protection to thwart deals to the Diamondbacks and Nationals" last offseason.
The 35-year-old Phillips attended high school in suburban Atlanta. Those numbers are inflated because he spent most of the season in hitter-friendly Las Vegas, but he does have impressive raw power as well as the tools to play second base.
The deal has yet to be finalized and it is unclear what the Braves will part with in order to get Phillips.
Portuondo signed with the Braves as a free agent past year after eight seasons in the Cuban league with Santiago. At 28 years old, Portuondo made it to AAA as a reliever. McKirahan held a 5.93 ERA over 27 appearances for the Braves in 2015 and missed all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery. His -7 defensive runs saved (DRS) was 18th among 21 qualified second baseman in baseball previous year. Sports. He will also be vital in the development of shortstop Dansby Swanson.