Braves & Reds complete three-player trade

Braves acquire All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds have completed a three-player trade in which the Braves acquired second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan and minor-league right-handed pitcher Carlos Portuondo. Phillips will wear uniform No. 4 for the Braves.

Phillips, 35, is signed through the 2017 season. The Atlanta-area native owns a .275 lifetime batting average and stands just 137 hits shy of 2,000 for this career, with 334 doubles and 197 home runs over 15 Major League seasons. He has averaged 85 runs scored, 18 homers and 82 RBI per 162 games played in his career.

"We are excited to add Brandon Phillips to our club," Braves general manager John Coppolella said. "He is a Gold-Glove caliber defender who will also deepen our offensive lineup. We are thrilled to 'welcome home' Brandon to Atlanta, where he will play in front of his family and friends and many of his fans."

Since the start of the 2006 season, Phillips' first in the National League, he ranks eighth in the senior circuit and fifth among all second basemen with 311 doubles. In that same time span, he is fifth in the majors with 877 runs scored.

The three-time All-Star (2013, 2011, 2010) spent the last 11 seasons (since 2006) with the Reds after opening his career in 2002 with the Cleveland Indians. Among active major leaguers, Phillips' 1,749 games played since he broke in the league ranks 11th.

In 2016, Phillips batted .291 (160-for-550) with 34 doubles, 64 RBI and 74 runs scored. His doubles total led the team and marked his most since the 2011 season when he hit a career-high 38. Over his last 63 games, beginning July 6, he hit .344 (fourth in the majors, 84-for-244) with 19 double, five homers and 33 RBI. In his last 45 games, beginning August 3, he hit .356 (sixth in the majors, 62-for-174). Phillips hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games of the season.

The 2011 Silver Slugger led all N.L. second basemen with career highs in doubles and hits (183), while ranking third with a .353 on-base percentage, also a career-high mark. In 2013, Phillips finished second on the Reds with a career-best 103 RBI. In each of his 12 full seasons in the league, Phillips has notched an average of 27 doubles per year. Since the start of the 2006 campaign, he has collected at least 20 doubles in 11 of his 12 years, including four consecutive years with 30 or more, from 2009 to 2012.

The 6-foot, 210-pounder has earned four Rawlings Gold Glove awards at second base (2013, 2011, 2010, 2008), and in 2012 he was selected as the National League Wilson Defensive Player of the Year among second basemen. Since the start of the 2006 season, Phillips ranks tied for third in the majors (with three other players) with a .989 fielding percentage. His best year defensively came in 2014 when he committed just two errors in 525 total chances for a National-League leading .996 fielding mark.

Phillips graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., in 1999. He was a second-round draft selection by the Montreal Expos in 1999 and made his Major League debut with Cleveland in 2002. Atlanta is Phillips' fourth professional organization. He has played at the Major League level for Cleveland (2002-2005) and Cincinnati (2006-16).

McKirahan, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins in April 2015 and pitched in 27 games (27.1 IP) in relief for the Braves during the 2015 campaign. He missed the 2016 season due to "Tommy John" surgery.
 
Portuondo, 29, signed with the Braves as a free-agent in February 2016, following eight seasons with Santiago in the Cuban National Series. He pitched a combined 17 games between Carolina (A) and Gwinnett (AAA) last season.