Cincinnati Reds Top Five Trades of All-Time By Playoff Impact
By Nick Vorholt
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5. Reds acquire 2B Brandon Phillips from Indians for RHP Jeff Stevens
Brandon Phillips was traded from the Montreal Expos to the Cleveland Indians in the Bartolo Colon deal along with Cliff Lee. That deal was the end of baseball in Montreal. At the time Phillips was the #1 prospect in Montreal’s system.
The Reds got Phillips for a player to be named later when he ran out of options three and half years after coming over from Montreal. Phillips is the longest tenured player on the Reds and was a key member of the team that made the playoffs three years in a row, 2010-12. Now the Reds just need to move him.