CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have traded away longtime second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Phillips waived his no trade rights to approve the trade to the Atlanta Braves. In return the Reds will receive two pitchers; right-hander Carlos Portuondo and lefty Andrew McKirahan.
The 35-year-old Phillips attended high school in suburban Atlanta. He was acquired from the Reds in 2006 from Cleveland. In his 15 years in the Major League Baseball Phillips has won four Gold Gloves and been voted to three All-Star Games. Phillips is in the last year of his six-year contract. He’ll make 14 million this upcoming season.
McKirahan has played one season in the Majors. In 2015 he pitched in 27.1 innings and had an ERA of 5.93. The 25-year-old has had Tommy John surgery twice. The 28-year-old Portuondo is from Cuba and has yet to make it to the majors. He spent part of last year in the International League.