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    Reds closer than ever to trading Brandon Phillips to Braves

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    The Reds are close to trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday night. A source told The Enquirer there is no deal in place and there are still hurdles to clear, but a deal of Phillips is closer than it has been in the past. Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in the potential trade.

    Phillips, who has full no-trade protection, rejected a trade to his hometown Braves earlier this offseason. Last winter he turned down deals to Arizona and Washington.

    The 35-year-old Phillips is in the final year of a six-year, $72.5 million extension signed in 2012. He will make $14 million this season.

    The Reds have been trying to find a way to make room for their younger middle infielders, Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera. Because of that and Phillips’ hefty salary, any deal would be more about making room for younger players than receiving prospects in return for Phillips.

    Phillips made several vague tweets Saturday night lauding his agents and also heralding a return to his hometown of Atlanta.

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