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MLB Trade: Atlanta Braves acquire Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati Reds

MLB Trade: Atlanta Braves acquire Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati Reds

The Atlanta Braves have traded for former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, the team announced Sunday.

This isn't the first time the Reds tried to trade the second baseman. Rodriguez and the three other members of his family were involved in a serious vehicle crash in Miami, Florida on January 29 that left him with an injured left shoulder, his wife in stable condition, and his two young children in serious yet stable condition.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta.

Neither pitcher is considered a prospect and with the Reds assuming most of Phillips' salary, it's pretty clear this was just dumping a roster spot for the Reds.

As the Cincinnati Reds look to rebuild, one of their most obvious trade chips has been Brandon Phillips.

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Peraza batted.324 with 25 runs, three home runs, 25 RBIs and 21 stolen bases, although he did get caught stealing 10 times. He set career highs in 2007 with 30 homers and 32 steals, won four Gold Gloves, made three All-Star teams and helped the Reds to three postseason appearances in that span. Phillips, who will be a free agent after the 2017 season, is only one in a long line of veterans who will be playing for Atlanta. 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.

The deal has yet to be finalized and it is unclear what the Braves will part with in order to get Phillips.

Rumors regarding a potential Phillips trade have been swirling since 2015. Phillips hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games of the season. Albies is Atlanta's second-best prospect, behind shortstop Dansby Swanson, and at 20 years old, Albies may need only half the season before being ready for the big leagues. The 25-year-old has had Tommy John surgery twice.

It remains to be seen what would go back to Cincinnati in this deal, but the Braves have a ton of capital in a farm system the team has rebuilt over the past couple years.

Portuondo signed with the Braves as a free agent past year after eight seasons in the Cuban league with Santiago.

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