UPDATE (2 p.m., SUNDAY)
The Reds have traded second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of minor-league pitchers.
"We appreciate Brandon's contributions to our organization," Reds General Manager Dick Williams said. "He excited our fan base and was an important part of several seasons of winning Reds baseball. We wish him well with this next opportunity.”
The Reds acquired left-hander Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo from the Braves.
More importantly, the trade frees up playing time for a pair of young middle infielders -- Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera -- as the Reds continue to rebuild.
Phillips, 35, was a three-time all-star and four-time Gold Glove in 11 seasons with the Reds.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com and MLB Network reported on Twitter late Saturday that the Atlanta Braves were close to finalizing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Phillips status for the season was uncertain. The Reds want to work younger infielders into their starting lineup. Phillips has a no-trade clause and exercised it in January when he voided a previous trade to Atlanta.
Phillips has status as a 10-5 player to block any trade. He’s currently in the final year of his contract. Phillips, who became the face of the Reds franchise and a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman with the Reds, said he wanted to finish his career and live in Cincinnati and didn’t want traded.
The popular Red, whose highlight reel skill on defense was unparalleled, was innovative for his fan outreach, particularly through social media and Twitter, where he was one of the first pro athletes to use the platform to reach fans.
Rosenthal said the renewed impetus from the Braves was due to Sean Rodriguez, an Atlanta utility player getting injured in a car accident last week. He will be out three to five months. Hurdles do remain on the Reds side - Phillips injured his hand late in 2016 and would need cleared medically.
Phillips hit .291 in 141 games in 2016. He had 11 home runs, 64 RBIs and 34 doubles.
The Georgia native, who graduated from high school in Stone Mountain, has a house in Atlanta.
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