Saturday, October 19, 2013

Report: Braves interested in Brandon Phillips-Dan Uggla trade

Let the rumor mill begin, folks.

Now that the Reds are reportedly looking to trade All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips this offseason, Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien suggests that the Braves may be interested, with the stipulation being that Cincinnati is willing to take Dan Uggla in the deal.
Essentially, both teams would be swapping their veteran second basemen, and perhaps most notably, the relatively bad contracts that each possesses.

Phillips is owed $50 million over the next four years while Uggla has $26 million left over two years.
It should be noted that Phillips is a native of Atlanta. Meanwhile, Uggla hails from nearby Louisville.

In my opinion, an Uggla-Phillips trade is as likely as a snowman surviving a day at the beach. It's not going to happen, because the benefit to each team is non-existent. The Reds are still very much in a position to contend for a World Series title and replacing Uggla with Phillips will do nothing but set them back. I would be shocked if GM Walt Jocketty even entertained the thought of the deal at all.

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