Braves nearing trade for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

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Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reported two players, since reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer to be pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo, will go to the Reds in the trade.

Phillips waived his no trade rights to approve the trade to the Atlanta Braves. The 25-year-old has had Tommy John surgery twice. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it's completed.

Phillips had a 736 OPS past year and, though he turns 36 in June, is still at least a serviceable starting second baseman at this point in his career. Rodriguez and his family were involved in a serious vehicle accident January 30. He suffered the injury during the crash, Fox Sports reported.

Phillips is no longer the All-Star he was at his peak, but for a rebuilding team like the Braves, they just need a dependable starter who can get them through the year and will hopefully be able to help groom a future star like shortstop Dansby Swanson. That marked the third time over the past two seasons that Phillips vetoed a potential trade, with the Nationals and Diamondbacks both having attempted to acquire his services last winter.

Phillips is due to make $14 million this year, in the final year of his contract, and the Reds are expected to cover most of that salary to facilitate the trade. The league will have to sign off on the transaction, which is complicated by the amount of money involved.

McKirahan has played one season in the Majors.

Phillips is a three-time All-Star and four-time gold glove award victor over the course of a 15-year career that began with the Indians back in 2002.

The 35-year-old fan favorite has spent the last 11 years in Cincinnati.

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