Brandon Phillips left the Braves to join a pennant race, but the decision wasn’t as simple as it seems. The veteran infielder is a Georgia native, and he loved being able to stay home and play for the Braves this season.
Still, with a chance to spend the last month of the season trying to help the Los Angeles Angels fight for an American League wild-card spot, Phillips said yes to a trade that sent minor league catcher
Tony Sanchez to the Braves. “I let my family make the decision for me,” Phillips said. “I didn’t want to leave my family. It was fun playing for the Braves. Hopefully I can come back next year or whatever is in the future for me.”
The Braves are rebuilding, and Phillips already had to make way at second base when the Braves deemed prospect Ozzie Albies ready for his big-league chance. Phillips moved to third base, but by trading him now they can watch youngsters Johan Ca
margo and Rio Ruiz play there in September.
“Brandon did a tremendous job for us all year and is somebody we will strongly consider this offseason,” Braves general manager
John Coppolella said. Needing a starter because a doubleheader left them short, the Braves gave a first major league start to 23-year-old left-hander
Max Fried, who came to the Braves in the December 2014 trade that sent Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres. Fried got the win Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, giving up one run in five innings.