According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, trade talks centered around All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips between the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds have intensified. At this point, it appears as though Phillips will likely be dealt to the Nationals and reunited with his old pal Dusty Baker.
There are no confirmed reports that a trade has been completed, but Phillips only added fuel to the fire with the following tweet.
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) December 18, 2015
Phillips could, of course, be trolling the Nationals fanbase, but that does not seem likely from a player who is highly adept when it comes to social media. For a trade to be completed, Phillips would have to waive his no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player with the Reds. The Nationals seem like an ideal landing spot for the veteran as Cincinnati continues its rebuilding process, and Phillips would likely welcome a reunion with Baker. If the 34-year-old Gold Glover is indeed on a plane to the nation’s capital, it could be for a physical.
The second basemen posted a .294 average to go along with 12 home runs, 70 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases in 2015. He also posted a 3.5 WAR for the Reds in his 148 games last year. Following the trade of Yunel Escobar and the failed pursuit of Ben Zobrist, it was clear the Nationals would have to find a suitable starting option at second base. Daniel Murphy and Kelly Johnson‘s names had been tied to Washington in recent days.
Phillips has two more years remaining on his deal worth a total of $27 million.
Stay tuned for more details.