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The Atlanta Braves have acquired Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.  

If you remember back to last year, Phillips used his no-trade clause to reject a trade to the Nationals. The Nationals are probably pretty happy with Daniel Murphy at second base instead. 

The Braves, though, were in need of a second baseman after presumed starter Sean Rodriguez injured his shoulder in a car accident last week. That injury will require surgery and will sideline Rodriguez for three to five months. 

In Phillips, who waived his no-trade clause to be sent to Atlanta, the Braves get a veteran player who was a three-time all star with Cincinnati. Although the 15-year veteran is getting up there in a age, Phillips still put up solid numbers last year as he posted a .291 average with 34 doubles, 11 homers and 64 RBI. 

Atlanta begins play at the brand new Sun Trust Park this year and has several established, veteran players in the lineup with the likes of Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis and Phillips. Add in young studs Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte and the Braves could be a team that gives the Nationals much stiffer competition than they have the last few years. 

 

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