Reds trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to Braves

A source told ESPN's Buster Olney on Sunday that Cincinnati and the Atlanta Braves have agreed on a trade for the second baseman.

The return to the Reds is left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan and right-handed pitcher Carlos Portuondo.

The Reds have been trying to trade Brandon Phillips since last season as they rebuild, but he would invoke his no-trade clause, including a deal to Atlanta. The three-time All-Star is also one of the best defenders in the game, having earned four Gold Glove awards during his career. Phillips is a solid hitter who enjoys making the flashy plays that Braves fans will enjoy and will help put people in seats going into the new stadium. He played 31 games at shortstop and 21 in the outfield and depending on your league rules, he should get second base eligibility early in the season. Atlanta found itself in need of a second baseman after Sean Rodriguez was injured in a vehicle crash late last month.

Brandon Phillips is officially moving on from Cincinnati. He scored 74 runs with 11 home runs, 64 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

One of the issues with dealing Phillips in the past was his full 10-and-5 no-trade rights, but those go away now that he has been dealt.

Phillips graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., in 1999.




The 21-year-old Herrera spent all of last year in Triple-A with the Mets and then the Reds, where he hit.274/.335/.456 with 15 dingers and 24 doubles in 469 plate appearances. 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 previous year, his first stateside.

McKirahan, 27, missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The 35-year-old has driven in 134 runs with 37 steals over his last two seasons.

For Atlanta, Phillips will serve as a stopgap until prospect Ozzie Albies is ready.

The 35-year-old second baseman was drafted in the second round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos.

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