Brandon Phillips trade rumors: Braves interested in swapping second basemen

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Braves would likely have to give up a decent prospect in order to make such a trade work between the two teams.

The Atlanta Braves could be interested in taking second baseman Brandon Phillips off the Cincinnati Reds' hands, provided the Reds take Dan Uggla in the deal, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Reds are reportedly actively seeking a trade to rid themselves of Phillips and his contract moving forward. Phillips had said earlier in the season that he was "scarred" that the team gave Joey Votto a big contract after saying they did not have more money to give to Phillips.

Because the Reds are openly looking to trade Phillips, they likely do not have a lot of leverage in a trade. However, if the Braves were to make Uggla a part of the deal, Atlanta would also have to throw in a top prospect to make the trade work.

Uggla is still owed $26 million over the next two seasons. Phillips still has four years and $50 million remaining on the deal he signed prior to 2012.

Phillips seems likely to be a useful player in the coming years: He still plays above-average defense and, though his bat has dropped off, he is still one of the better hitters at second base right now. Uggla, meanwhile, is coming off a year where he hit .171 with a 671 OPS. He was bad enough that the Braves left him off their roster for the NL Divisional Series against the Dodgers.

The Braves do not have many top-of-the-line prospects, but they do have a deep farm system that they could use to make a deal work.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Cardinals close out Dodgers in 6 | More NLCS coverage

Roth: You can’t hate the Dodgers

Red Sox hold on, take 3-2 series lead | More ALCS coverage

Neyer: I’m sick of needless collisions at home plate

Meet Sir Bam Bam, who may be the future of big league managing

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.