Brandon Phillips for Dan Uggla and a top prospect?
That’s the hot rumor making the rounds, and DOB confirms the Braves would be interested in such a deal. Of course they would, you say. But it’s not exactly the biggest no-brainer in the history of the world.
No doubt it would be a steal in the short-term. Uggla is a liability at the plate and in the field; Phillips, who grew up in Stone Mountain, has won multiple Gold Gloves and his 103 RBI in 2013 would’ve ranked second on the Braves.
But that shouldn’t obscure the reality that Phillips, 32, is on the decline. His .310 OBP (one percentage point better than Uggla’s) was his lowest since joining the Reds in 2005, as was his .396 slugging percentage (in Cincy’s bandbox, no less). He’s no longer much of a threat on the base paths, either,
Still, he’s a helluva lot better than Uggla. The Braves would be a better team the next two years, but in 2016 the Reds would be free of Uggla’s contract while Phillips will be in his mid-30s with 2 years and $27 million left on his contract — money that could be used to lock up the team’s young core.
It’s a tough call, but I’m inclined to pass.