The Los Angeles Angels are making the best of the waiver-trade deadline as they were able to acquire Justin Upton they know have acquired Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves.
Prior to today’s Braves game against the Chicago Cubs, Brandon Phillips was pulled from the lineup as he was sent to Los Angeles for catcher Tony Sanchez.
The Los Angeles Angels have been flipping around second basemen since parting ways with Howie Kendrick back in 2014. Since Kendrick, the Angels have been working with the likes of Johnny Giavotella, Danny Espinosa, Kaleb Cowart and Cliff Pennington.
For the second time this season Brandon Phillips waived his no-trade clause and now joins a contender for the first time since 2013. Coming over to Los Angeles upgrades the second base as Brandon Phillips is a much better option for the position over his now teammates Cliff Pennington and Kaleb Cowart.
With Brandon Phillips now in the lineup, it does not necessarily mean a demotion for Cowart or Pennington. Both players will, in fact, lose at-bats but they will still be used as key pieces on their bench and as reserves for Brandon Phillips as well as at shortstop and third base.
This season, at age 36, Brandon Phillips continues to be productive as he has a slash line of .291/.329/.753. Brandon Phillips will be on rental for the Angels as he is set to become a free agent this coming winter. As for Tony Sanchez, he will likely remain down in the minors as organization depth for the Atlanta Braves.
Final Grade: Los Angeles Angels: B+ | Atlanta Braves: C-