Brandon Phillips Reportedly to Be Traded to Atlanta Braves

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16:  Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a run scoring single in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on September 16, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The long-swirling trade rumors surrounding Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips may finally be coming to an end.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported Saturday that the Atlanta Braves were "close" to getting Phillips from the Reds. ESPN's Buster Olney added Sunday morning that "the Braves and Reds have finished the agreement [and are] checking boxes now before the announcement."

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman later said the teams were hoping to finalize the trade by Monday. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan, citing multiple sources, reported that the "Reds [will] receive 27-year-old LHP Andrew McKirahan and 29-year-old RHP Carlos Portuondo" in return for Phillips.

Rosenthal also noted the Braves are interested in Phillips because Sean Rodriguez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss three to five months. The Fox Sports man also reported the return "will be minimal" because the Reds just wanted to clear space in the infield.

The Braves signed Rodriguez, 31, to a two-year, $11.5 million deal in November. He was expected to be their starting second baseman after posting career highs in average (.270), on-base percentage (.349) and slugging percentage (.510) in 140 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season.

On Jan. 28, Rodriguez, his wife and their two children were T-boned by a stolen police cruiser in Miami, per ESPN.com. Rodriguez's wife and two kids were hospitalized, and the suspect was killed in the crash.

Phillips, meanwhile, has been a constant presence on the trade block in recent years. Rosenthal reported the three-time All-Star even blocked a trade to the Braves earlier this offseason.

Adding Phillips makes sense for the Braves, who will need a primary second baseman with Rodriguez's status uncertain. Phillips is only signed through 2017, so the rebuilding Braves aren't making a long-term financial commitment to a 35-year-old in the twilight of his career.

Phillips—who slashed .291/.320/.416 with 74 runs, 11 home runs and 64 RBI in 141 games last season—will make $14 million in 2017, per Spotrac.

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