[UPDATE]: The Angels have acquired Brandon Phillips from the Braves in exchange for Tony Sanchez, a source tells FanRag Sports.
Rio Ruiz has since been called up by the Braves.
Having already made one major addition to the roster today, the Los Angeles Angels are in discussions with the Atlanta Braves regarding second baseman Brandon Phillips, a source told FanRag Sports. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Phillips is considering whether or not to accept a trade to the Angels.
Earlier Thursday the Angels, who are a game out of the second American League Wild Card spot, acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers. The trade comes one day after Phillips, who was moved to third base after the Braves called up second baseman Ozzie Albies from Triple-A Gwinnett last month, notched the 2,000th hit of his major league career.
On the season, Phillips is hitting .291 with 11 home runs, 52 runs batted in and a .753 OPS. In 87 games at second base, Phillips has committed six errors and has a fielding percentage of .984. Currently in his 16th major league season, Phillips has not committed an error at third base in 25 games played at the position this season.
Since designating Danny Espinosa for assignment in mid-July, the Angels have called upon Cliff Pennington and Kaleb Cowart to handle the second base duties.
Pennington’s hitting .267 with three home runs, 18 runs batted in and a .679 OPS. He has a fielding percentage of .976 at second. Currently in his 10th major league season, Pennington has been used at second, third and shortstop by Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Cowart, who was promoted from Triple-A in late-July, is currently hitting .233 with three home runs, 10 runs batted in and a .700 OPS. In 24 games at second, Cowart has committed two errors and has a .981 fielding percentage.
With the Cincinnati Reds, who traded Phillips to Atlanta in February, paying $13 million of Phillips’ $14 million salary, this deal would not cost the Angels much financially if completed. And given Phillips’ production, he could potentially fill a major need for the Angels as they look to earn a playoff berth.