Deal to bring Phillips to Nats reportedly off
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com |
WASHINGTON -- It looks like Brandon Phillips will not be a member of the Nationals after all.
The Nationals and the Reds reportedly had a deal in place on Thursday that would have sent Phillips to Washington, but according to FoxSports.com, the veteran second baseman did not waive his no-trade clause. As a "10 and 5" player, Phillips must consent to any deal. Any player with 10 years or more of Major League service time, including the past five with his current team, has the right to block any trade. Neither club has confirmed a deal was in place.
No reason was given as to why Phillips didn't waive his 10-and-5 rights. Reports surfaced on Friday, however, that Phillips may have wanted financial compensation for accepting the trade. Phillips, 34, is set to make $27 million over the next two seasons.
Phillips tweeted "513 to 202" on Thursday night, a reference to the area codes of Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. While that message certainly could be partly in reference to the trade talks, Phillips also apparently did make that very trip, from Cincinnati to Washington, for an unrelated matter.
With Phillips likely out of the picture, the Nationals will continue to look for a second baseman. Earlier this week, two team sources said the Nationals had interest in free agent Daniel Murphy, who was a solid hitter for the Mets over the last seven seasons, sporting a .288 career average. As a left-handed hitter, he could help balance Washington's lineup.
Murphy was a big reason the Mets played deep into October in 2015. In the first two rounds of the postseason, Murphy went 16-for-38 (.421) with seven home runs and 11 RBIs. He hit a home run in six consecutive games, a postseason record. However, Murphy is considered a below-average defender. His defense at second base hurt the Mets in the World Series against the Royals. Murphy can also play first and third base.
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