Last Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves that included Brandon Phillips. For the last two years, Cincinnati has been trying to move Phillips and have had several trades worked out. However, Phillips would continually block every trade the Reds tried to make. But then Sean Rodriguez would get into a terrible car crash leaving him out for the entire season more than likely. Atlanta seemed like a good fit for Phillips as he is from there and resides there in the off season. In return, the Reds recieved two pitchers, Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo. Neither of which were put on the 40-man roster and will probably never see a day in a Reds’ jersey.
But that’s not what the Philips trade was about. This trade was about Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera. Peraza and Herrera both are highly touted middle infield prospects that the Reds traded Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce for respectively. They are the future of the Reds, not a 35 year old second baseman who wasn’t going to be there after this year anyway. The only way the Reds will become relevant in the MLB is with trades like this. They have to let the younger kids play in order to know what they have. Peraza showed glimpses of being great for the Reds and several Reds’ executives are extremely high on Herrera.
Atlanta get a player who has charisma and loves to interact with the fans. He will make it a point to sign autograph after autograph up until first pitch. He will fit into Atlanta well, especially being a hometown boy. They get all of this on top of being an above average player in the MLB as well.
Phillips had been a mainstay for the last 11 years for the Reds. He would help get them to the playoffs three times. From his ESPN Top Plays he made seemingly every night to taking selfies with fans, BP will be greatly missed. Cincinnati wishes him nothing but the best. But baseball is a business as we know and it takes moves like this, hard ones, to make your team competitive again. Good luck, Dat Dude.