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Brandon Phillips | Second Baseman | #4

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Brandon Phillips is batting second for the Braves on Sunday.
Phillips had hit fifth or sixth in every game this season, but he's earned a move up in the order after a .333/.371/.500 start with a couple homers. The struggling Dansby Swanson is batting eighth for the third straight game. The Braves also have Jace Peterson at third base over Adonis Garcia on Sunday and Kurt Suzuki over Tyler Flowers at catcher. Apr 23 - 10:40 AM

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Brandon Phillips picked a good time for his first homer as a member of the Braves, as his sixth inning blast Saturday proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win over the Padres.

Phillips went down to get the Clayton Richard offering, walloping it to the deepest part of the ballpark to give the Braves the lead. Adonis Garcia followed with a solo homer of his own to stretch the lead to two, where it would stay. Despite the homer being the first in a Braves uniform for the 35-year-old, he's been a productive addition in the early going, batting .289/.357/.447 with three steals to go with the homer.
Apr 16 - 12:54 AM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4, scored two runs and stole a base in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.

He singled, stole second and scored in the second inning; then doubled and scored in the eighth. He committed a key error that opened the gates for the Pirates in the third inning. Phillips can offer his fantasy owners some power, batting average and speed, although not to the extent he did in the past. The 35-year-old used to be one of the elite second basemen in fantasy baseball, but his skills have faded to where he is only a fringe starter in mixed leagues today.
Apr 8 - 11:02 PM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 from the second spot in the order Wednesday in the Braves' 3-2 win over the Phillies.

If Phillips spends time hitting second for the Braves this year, it'll mean Dansby Swanson either got hurt or struggled to produce. Phillips will likely start off batting sixth or seventh, which would seem to rule him out as an option in shallow mixed leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:06 PM

Brandon Phillips is batting sixth in the lineup for his Grapefruit League debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

This looks an awful lot like it could be the club's Opening Day lineup, minus the fact that there's a designated hitter in play. Phillips spent most of his time with the Reds alternating between the 3-5 spots in the lineup, so expect his counting stats to take a small hit overall with the bump down.
Feb 25 - 7:56 AM

Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

The Reds are paying all but $1 million that's owed to Phillips and are receiving two non-prospects in return, so this is just about moving on and giving an opportunity to Jose Peraza and perhaps Dilson Herrera. From the Braves' perspective, they gave up next-to-nothing and got a solid second baseman following Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Braves are likely to bat Phillips sixth in their lineup.
Feb 12 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves and Reds "have completed their agreement" in the trade of Brandon Phillips to Atlanta.

Olney says that only "administrative boxes" need to be checked before the trade is announced. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon hears that the Reds will receive two players from the Braves in the deal and that Cincinnati is eating most of the $14 million Phillips is owed in 2017. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the two sides hope to announce the trade on Monday. Phillips will take over at second base in Atlanta, while Jose Peraza is now in line to play second for Cincinnati.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:22 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, "hurdles remain" in the Braves' talks to acquire Brandon Phillips.

The deal is reportedly close but will be dependent on Phillips' health after injuring his left hand late last season. Per Rosenthal, the Reds aren't expecting a major return package as the team's primary motivation for trading Phillips was to clear their infield logjam. The Reds are also willing to pay most of Phillips' $14 million salary for 2017. Top prospect Ozzie Albies remains the Braves' long-term solution at second base, but Phillips makes sense as a one-year stopgap. The 35-year-old will hit the free agent market next offseason.
Feb 12 - 12:11 AM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Braves are close to acquiring Brandon Phillips.

No word yet on the return package. Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November but seems to have had a change of heart. Atlanta's original plan was to have Jace Peterson and Sean Rodriguez platoon at second base this year. Needless to say, Phillips would represent a big upgrade at that position. Phillips has been in the league a long time but can still bring the thunder. The 35-year-old has hit a robust .293 with 134 RBI and 37 steals over his last two seasons.
Feb 11 - 11:28 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that "there is still a possibility" Brandon Phillips could be traded to the Braves.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported Thursday that Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves back in November, noting that the second baseman would want the Reds to address "certain, unspecified issues" before waiving his no-trade rights. Bowden is reporting something similar, saying the Reds "acknowledge that they made promises and assurances to Phillips that they are not living up to." While it's unclear what those issues may be, it sounds like he could still be dealt if they're ironed out. Worth noting is that Phillips is from Georgia and owns a home in Atlanta, so he could be tempted to approve a deal to the Braves even though they're unlikely to contend.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 10:09 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Brandon Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November.

This is the third time in the last two offseasons that Phillips has exercised his 10-and-5 rights, as he blocked deals to the Nationals and Diamondbacks last winter. Phillips is from Stone Mountain, Georgia and owns a home in Atlanta, so Rosenthal writes that the Reds were surprised that he rejected the deal. Of course, it's within his right to do so. According to Rosenthal, Phillips would want the team to address "certain, unspecified issues" before waiving his no-trade protection. It's an awkward situation, especially as the Reds try to find playing time for Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera in their middle infield. The Braves were in talks with the Reds at the same time they were pursuing Sean Rodriguez. They cooled on Phillips after signing Rodriguez and it's unlikely talks will be revived at this point. Phillips, 35, has one year and $14 million remaining on his contract.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 5 - 9:42 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Brandon Phillips is more willing to waive his no-trade clause this offseason that he has been in the past.

With only one year remaining on his deal with the Reds, the veteran second baseman appears to be more open to a move out of Cincinnati. With the Reds looking to create room for Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera, there's a very realistic chance that Phillips gets moved at some point this winter. The 35-year-old slashed .291/.320/.416 with 11 homers, 64 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 2016.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Brandon Phillips (hand) remained out of the Reds' lineup Sunday.

Phillips hasn't played since Tuesday due to a left hand injury. Ivan De Jesus is at second base.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Brandon Phillips left Tuesday night's game in St. Louis after suffering a left hand injury.

X-rays were negative, but even minor injuries can be season-enders at this point. Phillips was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI sac fly Tuesday before exiting. He's sitting on a .291/.320/.416 batting line in 141 games played.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:19:00 AM

Brandon Phillips (foot) went 1-for-4 with an infield single and a strikeout in his return to action Monday against the Mets.

Phillips was scratched from the lineup on back-to-back days after fouling a ball of his left foot on Friday. The veteran second baseman should be good to go moving forward.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Adonis Garcia
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Ian Krol
5Jose Ramirez
6Daniel Winkler
7Josh Collmenter
8Chaz Roe
9Eric O'Flaherty
10Jacob Lindgren
11Armando Rivero
12Matt Wisler