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Report: Braves close to acquiring Reds 2B Brandon Phillips

Nothing like a trade rumor to get you even more excited about the start of Spring Training.

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We’ve heard this name floated around a few times this offseason, but according to a report by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Atlanta Braves are close to acquiring veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds:

At 35-years-old, Phillips is certainly not the player he once was, and is likely much more revered by more traditional-minded baseball minds as he posted a .291/.320/.416 triple slash during the 2016 season while managing just 0.9 WAR.

Phillips is owed $14 million this season in the final year of his contract.

This rumor didn’t make much sense initially, as Phillips reportedly already declined a trade to the Braves this offseason, but things began to make more sense when additional reports indicated that Sean Rodriguez would be missing 3-5 months due to shoulder surgery.

Phillips also had a few interesting tweets tonight. Make of these what you will:

*Phillips is represented by ACES Baseball Agency.

Update (12:05 p.m. ET):

A few additional details on this from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Reds beat reporter, Zach Buchanan:

Stay tuned.

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