MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Phillips will be manning the keystone for a team other than the Reds for the first time in over a decade.
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.
In Phillips, who waived his no-trade clause to be sent to Atlanta, the Braves get a veteran player who was a three-time all star with Cincinnati. At the time of the crash, Rodriguez's injuries were reported as minor.
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Atlanta was motivated to make the deal after free-agent acquisition Sean Rodriguez was injured in an auto accident back on January 28 in which he banged up his left shoulder. The other driver, who had stolen a police cruiser and t-boned into the Rodriguez family's vehicle, perished.
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The Atlanta-native Phillips is signed through the upcoming season. Portuondo, who pitched in Cuba's Serie Nacional from 2005-2013 and signed with the Braves for a $990,000 bonus last February, put up a 3.63 ERA with 6.5 K/9 in 17 appearances totaling 34 2/3 innings for the Braves' High-A and Triple-A affiliates a year ago, his first stateside. Over the last 11 seasons with the Reds, he has reached double-digit home runs and stolen bases nine times while hitting at least.275 eight times in that span. He also swiped 14 bases in 22 tries.
Bartolo Colon signed a one year contract with Atlanta this offseason.
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The 35-year-old has driven in 134 runs with 37 steals over his last two seasons. He made 27 relief appearances for the Braves in 2015 on either side of an 80-game suspension for a human growth hormone-releasing peptide but was cuffed for a 5.93 ERA.
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