Statement from Braves General Manager John Coppolella regarding Brandon Phillips' no-trade provision

"We want to be clear regarding the contract provisions we made for Brandon Phillips. Since John Schuerholz took over as GM in 1991, we have never granted no-trade provisions and we have no intention of changing that policy. 
 
Brandon had a limited no-trade provision to 12 clubs of his choosing when he signed his extension with the Reds in 2012. Later in the contract he gained a full 'no-trade' through his 10/5 rights as a player. Teams are obligated to honor the contract of players they trade for. We will honor Brandon's limited no-trade clause because we are bound to honor the contract provision just as we are bound to honor other contract terms whenever we trade for a player. 
 
If Brandon would happen to be traded from the Braves to another team, he would receive a $500,000 assignment bonus.
 
It should be noted that we never included no-trade or limited-trade provisions for players such as Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, as well as future Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff and Andruw Jones, and we have no intention to include these provisions in the future."