Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Angels acquire Brandon Phillips from Braves

Angels acquire Brandon Phillips from Braves

The Los Angeles Angels remained aggressive Thursday, acquiring veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The second baseman-who spent 11 years with the Cincinnati Reds before an offseason trade to Atlanta-eventually made a decision to accept the deal shortly before the deadline.

The Angels (69-65) aggressively swung their second trade of the day to add veteran stars for their playoff push. Phillips, meanwhile, has 11 home runs, 10 steals, and is slashing a far more respectable.291/.329/.423.

He was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs and needed to approve the trade.

"I let my family make the decision for me", Phillips said.

Sitting just 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second wild card entering Friday's game with the Rangers, the Angels are clearly committed to making the postseason as both Phillips and Upton (opt-out clause) are free agents next season.

The Braves get minor-league catcher Tony Sanchez. While the other pieces of the trade have yet to be announced, Phillips is indeed heading to the Angels.

The Angels' second basemen have a combined.589 OPS this season. Now in his 16th major league season, Phillips has not committed an error at third base in 25 games played at the position this season.

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