Brandon Phillips Boosts Business For The Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta-native Phillips is signed through the upcoming season. The Nationals are probably pretty happy with Daniel Murphy at second base instead.

Atlanta was motivated to make the deal after free-agent acquisition Sean Rodriguez was injured in an auto accident back on January 28 in which he banged up his left shoulder.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan reported the "Reds [are] to receive 27-year-old LHP Andrew McKirahan and 29-year-old RHP Carlos Portuondo".

Either those players were expecting Phillips to be traded or they believed Peraza would find 400-500 at-bats somehow.

Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November with his 10-and-5 rights, but apparently has had a change of heart.

He is a.275 career hitter and has 197 homeruns and 889 runs batted in. Phillips hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games of the season.

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Phillips went to high school in metro Atlanta, attending Redan High School in Stone Mountain.

In the Braves' case, the addition of Phillips is another instance of what president of baseball operations John Hart has been doing all offseason: adding veteran experience at a low price.

Brandon Phillips appears to be packing his bags after more than a decade in Cincinnati. 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.

As for Phillips, he finally gets to play for his hometown team Braves.

Phillips is a three-time All-Star, and he won the 2011 Silver Slugger Award.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. Portuondo, who pitched in Cuba's Serie Nacional from 2005-2013 and signed with the Braves for a $990,000 bonus last February, put up a 3.63 ERA with 6.5 K/9 in 17 appearances totaling 34 2/3 innings for the Braves' High-A and Triple-A affiliates past year, his first stateside. 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.

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