Brandon Phillips waives 10-and-5 rights, accepts trade to Atlanta Braves

Brandon Phillips, a 35-year-old second baseman, has a.275 batting average with 334 double and 197 home runs in his 15 seasons in the Major League Baseball. The Nationals are probably pretty happy with Daniel Murphy at second base instead. Atlanta found itself in need of a second baseman after Sean Rodriguez was injured in a vehicle crash late last month.

He will need surgery on his left shoulder and be sidelined for three to five months.

It's not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade.

For Cincinnati, the move is the next step in turning over their middle infield to a pair of 23-year-olds acquired in previous trades that have been part of their rebuilding effort.

Atlanta begins play at the brand new Sun Trust Park this year and has several established, veteran players in the lineup with the likes of Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis and Phillips.

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He is a.275 career hitter and has 197 homeruns and 889 runs batted in. 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.

Phillips graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., in 1999, when he was drafted in the second round by the Montreal Expos. But should the deal go through, Cincinnati will pay most of Phillips' $14 million salary for the upcoming season. He didn't get one in this deal, but according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Braves have restored his no-trade protection (which he lost after waiving his 10-and-5 rights) as well as an undisclosed assignment bonus. In 2016, he hit.291/.320/.416 for a 94 OPS+ with -7 DRS and 0.8 WAR (the last two were his worst showings since '06).

Now, it seems as though a lack of playing time in Cincinnati was enough to light some fire under Phillips' feet. He's a three-time all-star, four-time Gold Glove victor and is 137 hits shy of 2,000. In 2015, he appeared in 27 games for the Braves, posting a 5.93 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Portuondo, 29, signed with the Braves from out of Cuba prior to the 2016 season.

Days before they report for spring training, the Braves have added a whole new layer of intrigue to their second base situation, reportedly landing Brandon Philips from the Reds. At 28 years old, Portuondo made it to AAA as a reliever.

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