After years of rumors surrounding the second baseman, Brandon Phillips was finally dealt from Cincinnati. He was sent to Atlanta for a couple of non-prospects. It makes sense for everyone involved, including the Reds who got next to nothing in return and are paying all but $1 million of his salary. What they do get is the opportunity for playing time for two of their young players. Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera represent two future assets for the franchise, and they're both ready for the bigs, but neither has had a chance to play consistently. This will provide that chance.
On the Braves side of things, it may seem strange for a team in their position to trade for a veteran with one year left on his contract. After all, Atlanta is not going to contend this year, and Phillips likely won't be on their next competitive team. However, they just lost Sean Rodriguez and he may be out for the season. Their second base options are thin, and they don't want to rush top prospect Ozzie Albies up to the majors. Phillips gives them someone to plug that hole who can also serve as a mentor to fellow middle infielder Dansby Swanson.
Perhaps the most confusing part of this is why Phillips agreed to the deal. The veteran's 10/5 rights have been a big talking point over the last few years, as he's rejected multiple deals that would have sent him out of Cincinnatti. Then he finally accepted one to a team that won't even be in the playoff picture. Of course, it makes a lot more sense once you remember he grew up in Georgia and went to high school there. This gives Phillips a chance to go back home. Although this deal won't have an effect on the standings, everyone involved had their reasons to make this deal happen.
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