Early on Sunday morning, Jim Bowden of ESPN confirmed that Phillips had passed a physical. Pending a few other obstacles, including commissioner Rob Manfred’s approval, it appears likely that he will soon become the newest member of the Braves.
Earlier on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also reported that Cincinnati will be picking up the majority of Phillips’ salary. Phillips, who signed a six-year, $72.5 million deal before the beginning of the 2012 season, is under contract through only next season. Per Rosenthal, the three-time All-Star is due $14 million in 2017.
Source: Phillips trade from #Reds to #Braves expected to be done tomorrow. CIN will pay most of Phillips’ $14M salary in 2017, save some $.
Set to enter his age-36 season, Phillips has been a solid producer for many years now. In his 11 seasons in Cincinnati, he has never posted a batting average below .261. He has batted over .290 in each of the past two seasons.
He has also reached double-digits in the home run department 10 different times. In 2013, he drove in over 100 runs.
During the past five seasons, however, he has posted an on-base percentage of only .317. Over that same stretch, he has posted a 95 OPS+, which is slightly below the league average mark of 100.
Phillips, a four-time Gold Glove winner, has consistently received good defensive marks as well. Last year, however, his metrics were not as good as they have been in the past (-7 DRS, -2.3 UZR/150).
For the Braves, Phillips should be able to provide a solid replacement for Sean Rodriguez. The 31-year-old Rodriguez signed a two-year deal with Atlanta over the offseason.
According to Chris Bahr of FOX Sports, Rodriguez and his family were recently involved in a scary car crash. At first, it was reported that Rodriguez had avoided serious injury, but his wife and two of their children were injured and hospitalized. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has now reported that Rodriguez will be missing three to five months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Source corrects: Surgery for Sean Rodriguez is NOT minor. Expected to be out 3 to 5 months.
The Reds, who appear to be in rebuilding mode, are coming off of their third consecutive losing season. Joey Votto still remains, but many of the key players from the playoff teams of 2010, 2012 and 2013 have now been moved. Phillips would be the latest.