Update: 8/31/2017, 7:56 pm: It’s happening.
Brandon Phillips headed to #Angels, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 1, 2017
It started with this.
Brandon Phillips has been scratched from tonight's lineup. Seems to signal a possible trade.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 31, 2017
The Angels have made another splash, trading for veteran 36 year-old second baseman Brandon Phillips. The deal is tentative on him waiving his no-trade clause, which he refused to do in a trade to the Nationals last offseason.
He will likely replace Kaleb Cowart in the lineup and at the keystone and provide a veteran presence, although this seems more of a lateral move. The Angels will probably pick up all of Phillips’ remaining 2017 salary, though most of that has already been paid by the Reds.
Yes, as I'm reminded, the #Reds already are picking up $13M of Brandon Phillips' $14M contract, so a relative freebie in terms of money.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 1, 2017
He will be a free agent after this year.
More details to follow.