Brandon Phillips is heading to Anaheim.
Phillips accepted a trade to the Angels on Thursday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported. The teams had until the end of the day to make a deal and beat the waiver trade deadline and did so. Atlanta even held Phillips out of the lineup Thursday in case of a trade.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman says the Braves are receiving minor league catcher Tony Sanchez as compensation for Phillips. Sanchez was the No. 4 overall pick by the Pirates in 2009, but he didn’t do much over three separate brief MLB stints with the team. He’s a career .257 hitter in the minors.
The acquisition of Phillips helps fortify the Angels’ weak batting lineup entering the final month of the season.
Outside of MVP candidate Mike Trout, the Angels did not have an offensive player with an OPS over .800, and only two were over .730. Phillips has a .753 OPS and is a big upgrade at second base over what the Angels had in Kaleb Cowart and Cliff Pennington. The Angels also acquired Justin Upton on Friday. His 28 homers would lead the Angels, and his .904 OPS ranks second behind Trout.
The Angels are 69-65 entering a three-game weekend series against the Rangers.
The Angels are doing what they can to solidify their team in pursuit of a playoff spot.
Not only did the Angels acquire Justin Upton in a trade with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, but they are also trying to acquire Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves.
sources: angels, who already made 1 big deal, are in talks with braves on brandon phillips
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2017
Phillips was scratched for the Braves’ game against the Cubs Thursday, likely because of his involvement in trade talks. The veteran second baseman is batting .291 with 11 home runs this season and will be a free agent after the season, so he would just be a rental for the Angels.
The Angels entered Thursday 69-65 and in the middle of the wild card race. Seeking upgrades to their offense, they allowed the Astros to claim Cameron Maybin off waivers while they acquired Upton to play left field. Phillips would also serve as an offensive upgrade over Kaleb Cowart and Cliff Pennington at second.
The best years of Brandon Phillips’ career were spent in Cincinnati, so he feels very fondly about the Reds’ organization. And he is a little disappointed that the team moved to erase his memory pretty quickly, at least in one regard.
Phillips was traded by the Reds to Atlanta in February and returned to Cincinnati this weekend for the first time since the deal. He was greeted with an ovation from the fans at Great American Ballpark, but before the game, he did vent about something.
“I still can’t believe somebody is wearing my No. 4,” Phillips told Cincinnati reporters, via ESPN. “That’s kind of a slap in the face, too. But it is what it is. People have their own opinions, and I have mine.”
Scooter Gennett, who was previously with the Milwaukee Brewers, is now wearing the number. For the record, he said he was given the number and that he tried to switch out of respect to Phillips, but the process became a huge hassle.
And just to show his fondness towards Cincinnati, Phillips also said he wished he was still playing for the Reds. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it was well known that Phillips previously rejected a trade. But for him to think they would retire his jersey number or something close to that is a little much. He did make three All-Star teams in 11 years, but he isn’t quite as number retirement status.
He may be a 35-year-old playing on one of the worst teams in baseball, but Brandon Phillips hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
On Thursday morning, the Atlanta Braves second baseman, who is currently battling a groin strain, dropped a funny quote about avoiding the disabled list.
“I’m not going on the DL, that’s not going to happen,” said Phillips, per David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m going to wrap it up, I’m going to do something. I’m going to be like Chipotle burrito, I’m wrapping that thing up. I’m not going on the DL, I promise you that.”
Phillips has actually gotten off to a hot start in his first season as a Brave, slashing .352/.387/.507 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and five stolen bases through 19 games. But he should probably proceed with caution as Chipotle hasn’t always been kind to his fellow MLBers.
If Brandon Phillips is leaving Cincinnati, he’s doing so on his own terms.
According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the Reds second baseman exercised his no-trade clause to block a trade to the Atlanta Braves in November. The trade may still be possible, at least in theory, but talks are said to be “unlikely to revive.”
Phillips, 35, is entering the final year of his contract with the Reds in 2017 and is owed $14 million. He slashed .291/.320/.416 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs in 141 appearances last season. Phillips was almost traded to another NL East team last offseason but vetoed that deal as well.
Rosenthal does add, however, that Phillips, a Cincinnati fan favorite, sees his refusal to accept a trade as “a matter of principle” and wants the Reds to address “certain, unspecified issues” before waiving his no-trade clause.
The Braves went out and signed veteran utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who seems likely to get regular run at second base, instead this winter. But the four-time All-Star Phillips is actually a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia and apparently owns a home in Atlanta, so this should definitely be a compelling storyline to watch as it unfolds further.
The Nationals are moving on to other targets after their proposed trade for Brandon Phillips reportedly fell through.
Washington had an agreement with the Cincinnati Reds for a Phillips trade, but the second baseman had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to happen.
According to CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman, Phillips wanted a contract extension from Washington before approving the deal. The Nationals weren’t willing to oblige him, as he is already owed $27 million over the next two seasons, and one could very easily argue that’s an overpay to begin with.
Heyman notes that the deal isn’t completely dead, as the two teams could come back to each other or Phillips could have a change of heart, but at the moment, Washington is looking elsewhere.
Assuming nothing changes, Phillips may well head back into an awkward situation. Much as he loves Cincinnati, the Reds are probably going to be bad for the remainder of his deal and they just acquired Phillips’s presumed heir apparent, Jose Peraza, in the Todd Frazier trade. Cincinnati has an interesting decision to make now. Meanwhile, it’s hard to blame Washington for refusing to pony up more money for a 34-year-old middle infielder who’s already due $27 million, particularly when the team has some big free agent decisions to come.
The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Brandon Phillips to the Washington Nationals.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Phillips must waive his no-trade clause for the trade to be completed, as he is protected since he has 10 years of MLB service and five in a row with the same club.
Phillips seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter:
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) December 18, 2015
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) December 18, 2015
The area code in Cincinnati is 513, and it is 202 in the nation’s capital. Papa Pope is also a reference to the show “Scandal,” which takes place in Washington, D.C.
Phillips is said to love the city of Cincinnati, but it doesn’t seem like he is all that disappointed in the trade. There are reportedly some financial issues to resolve before Phillips waives the no-trade clause.
Phillips signed extension with #Reds, accepted deferrals, chose to live year-round in CIN. Will require financial adjustment to OK deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2015
Many significant issues still unresolved before Brandon Phillips trade is complete: Just bought home in Cincy and his family loves community
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 18, 2015
The Reds are rebuilding, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Phillips is loved by many fans because of antics like this, but keeping the veteran around makes little sense given the current state of the franchise.