Brandon Phillips is an Atlanta Brave, with the Cincinnati Reds having sent the second baseman (and a bunch of cash) to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo, it is being reported.
Jim Bowden says Phillips has passed his physical, which means the only hold up is MLB approving the trade, given the amount of money involved — Cincinnati will apparently be paying the bulk of the $14 million Phillips is owed for 2017. Phillips, who has vetoed multiple trades in the past, also gets a no-trade clause from the Braves as part of accepting this deal (he had 10/5 rights he loses by going to Atlanta), as well as an assignment bonus, per Bowden.
Phillips had a 736 OPS last year and, though he turns 36 in June, is still at least a serviceable starting second baseman at this point in his career. Portuondo and McKirahan are both fringey type relievers, with Portuondo having come over from Cuba and pitched for the first time in the States in 2016, and McKirahan having missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery.