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14 February 2017, 12:46 | Leonard Manning
The Reds will acquire left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan and right-handed pitcher Carlos Portuondo from the Braves in exchange for Phillips. The Reds acquired Phillips in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2006. Rodriguez and the three other members of his family were involved in a serious auto crash in Miami, Florida on January 29 that left him with an injured left shoulder, his wife in stable condition, and his two young children in serious yet stable condition.
Phillips will likely hit sixth in the Atlanta lineup. Bowden also reported that Phillips has passed his physical and that the deal is simply awaiting the green light from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred since the Reds will be covering most of Phillips' $14 million salary for 2017. He brings a solid combination of power and speed to the table with 197 home runs and 198 stolen bases in his career. Those numbers are inflated because he spent most of the season in hitter-friendly Las Vegas, but he does have impressive raw power as well as the tools to play second base. 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.
The first major MLB trade of 2017 happened on Sunday when the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds agreed on a deal.
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Cincinnati has been looking to move Phillips to make room for Jose Peraza, a former Braves prospect. After the All-Star Break, Phillips hit.335 with five home runs, 30 RBI and a.350 OBP.
Portuondo, 29, signed with the Braves as a free-agent in February 2016, following eight seasons with Santiago in the Cuban National Series. McKirahan missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. Zach Buchanan of The Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted that Cincinnati will receive two minor league pitchers from Atlanta in return. Albies is Atlanta's second-best prospect, behind shortstop Dansby Swanson, and at 20 years old, Albies may need only half the season before being ready for the big leagues.
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