MLB 2015: Brandon Phillips to Move to Washington Nationals?

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CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 23: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds throws to first base against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on August 23, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

If Washington Nationals have their way then Brandon Phillips might soon move to Washington.

On Tuesday, it was reported by Fox Sports that Washington Nationals are talking with the Cincinnati Reds to acquire Brandon Phillips.  And if the move is successful, then Phillips will be reunited with Washington Nationals’ new manager Dusty Baker, who was his manager with the Reds from 2008 to 2013.

The Nationals however, would first need to persuade Phillips to waive off his full no-trade protection policy as a player with 10 years of major-league service, five consecutive with the same club.

The 34-year-old is owed $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017 in the final two years of a contract that he signed in April 2012.

The market has since expanded and it is standard for players like Phillips to receive an added benefit usually through salary increase or through an extension.

The Washington Nationals recently offered free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward $200 million over an undisclosed number of years according to sources and judging by it, the Nationals should be in a position to acquire second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Heyward signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs.

The Cincinnati Reds have been desperately trying to rebuild themselves and in this light then they would be happy to receive favourable prospects for Phillips.

Along with Brandon Phillips, third baseman Todd Frazier, closer Aroldis Chapman and right fielder Jay Bruce are some of the players that Cincinnati Reds are trying to move.

Last season, Phillips appeared in 148 games for the Reds, batting .294 with 12 homers, a .723 OPS and 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

And while Nationals are yet to lock the deal, Nationals’ Bryce Harper is proving to be quite the entertainer.

The reigning NL MVP, was at his best at Nationals’ annual Winterfest, showing off his ‘Macarena’ skills and serenading a young fan by lip syncing Motown classic ‘My Girl’.

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