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At Long Last, Reds Are Going to Trade Brandon Phillips – Headed to Braves (UPDATE)

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The Cincinnati Reds have been rebuilding for quite a while now, and, despite annual efforts to do so, the one guy they’ve not been able to trade is second baseman Brandon Phillips. Despite a contract and overall performance that would be much better suited to a contender, Phillips has invoked his no-trade rights to stick in Cincinnati, where he’s been happy and comfortable.

But, at long last, it seems a trade out of the NL Central is finally coming:


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There’s no word just yet on the return to the Reds – other than saving a little cash – but it’s not expected to be much:


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Phillips, 35, hit .291/.320/.416 (92 wRC+) last year, and the advanced metrics say his defense slipped below average. There is no question he is in the decline arc of his career, but he may still have a productive year or two left in his career, and the Braves seem to be stocking up on those types this offseason.

The hit to the Reds’ overall performance here probably won’t be significant, given what Rosenthal noted – moving Phillips out will give the Reds more of a chance to give top prospect Jose Peraza regular playing time. Heck: the various projection systems actually indicate a better year is coming for Peraza than Phillips, anyway, so maybe the Reds just got fractionally tougher.


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UPDATE: The return to the Reds is lefty reliever Andrew McKirahan (formerly from the Cubs’ system) and righty Carlos Portuondo, neither of whom is considered a significant prospect. The Reds are eating all but $1 million of Phillips’ salary, so the exposure for the Braves in this deal if Phillips winds up not contributing is about zero.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.