Reds trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to Braves

However, a report last month suggested a trade sending Phillips to the Braves was not dead, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was first to report late Saturday night that the trade is close to happening. The Reds on Sunday announced the transaction was official, tweeting a statement from general manager Dick Williams.

If you remember back to a year ago, Phillips used his no-trade clause to reject a trade to the Nationals. In return the Reds will receive two pitchers; right-hander Carlos Portuondo and lefty Andrew McKirahan.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman later said the teams were hoping to finalize the trade by Monday.

He is in the final year of his six-year extension worth $72.5million signed in 2012 and has $14m remaining on his contract. They are far from being contenders as they play in a very tough NL Central division with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds had tried to trade him on multiple occasions, only to have Phillips veto those earlier attempts.

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The 21-year-old Herrera spent all of last year in Triple-A with the Mets and then the Reds, where he hit.274/.335/.456 with 15 dingers and 24 doubles in 469 plate appearances.

Since Phillips is from Stone Mountain, Atlanta was the flawless fit. He batted.291 with a.320 on-base percentage and.416 slugging percentage last season.

"We are thrilled to "welcome home" Brandon to Atlanta, where he will play in front of his family and friends and many of his fans", Coppolella said. He scored 74 runs with 11 home runs, 64 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He reached the 30-30 plateau in the two statistics in a breakout 2007 campaign and was a force in the middle of the Reds lineup for three postseason squads.

Rosenthal reported Sean Rodriguez, who the Braves signed in November to be their starting second baseman, will need shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him out for three to five months. 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. Phillips isn't a powerful hitter but a good situational hitter who should hit.280 or better and offer above average defense.

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