Atlanta promoted top prospect Ozzie Albies on Tuesday and plan to use him in an everyday role. That move displaced incumbent starter Brandon Phillips but now it appears that Phillips will be sticking around as the team’s primary third baseman at least for the time being.
Snit says he plans to use Phillips as his primary third baseman.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 2, 2017
Snitker first discussed a position change with Phillips on Tuesday with the veteran electing to take some time to think it over. The decision must have been a positive one as Phillips took some ground balls at third on Wednesday and will make his first career start at third tonight against the Dodgers.
Atlanta was reportedly shopping Phillips right up until Monday’s trade deadline but failed to move him. That could still happen but the team would need to have him clear waivers first.
By all accounts Phillips has been a positive influence in the locker room and has exceeded expectations with his on field performance. He’s put up a .292/.335/.436 line in 95 games this season. He has eight home runs to go along with 26 doubles and a triple.
Moving Phillips to third is a way to keep him in a lineup at a position that the Braves don’t have a clear cut answer for. Phillips refused to speak to the media on Wednesday about the position switch so it is unknown what his true feelings are about the move.