Braves and Reds maneuver

The Atlanta Braves are reportedly close to acquiring veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Braves will turn to Phillips for veteran leadership in the infield.

Phillips, 35, is a free agent after the 2017 season.

The Atlanta-native Phillips is signed through the upcoming season.

Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a single in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 30, 2016 in Anaheim, California. "We are thrilled to "welcome home" Brandon to Atlanta, where he will play in front of his family and friends and many of his fans".

In an anticipated move, the Reds have agreed to a trade that will send their MLB All-Star second baseman to the Braves. In that same time span, he is fifth in the majors with 877 runs scored. At best, Phillips is a middle infielder in a mixed league. He did hit 11 homers and stole 14 bases, but only put up a weighted runs created (wRC+) of 92, the fourth straight season of below-average run production. His defensive WAR (dWAR), as calculated by Baseball Reference, was -0.5, his first negative number since '06. He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 2011 and joined the 30-30 club in 2007. That deal between the Expos and Indians saw Colon head to Montreal in exchange for Phillips, Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore, a stunning return for a three month rental. In 2015, he appeared in 27 games for the Braves, posting a 5.93 ERA and 1.83 WHIP.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Rodriguez would have shoulder surgery soon and miss three to five months for shoulder surgery, but another person familiar with the situation said there was a chance Rodriguez could miss the entire season. 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. He pitched a combined 17 games between Carolina (A) and Gwinnett (AAA) last season.

  • Archie Newman