The Washington Nationals were close to obtaining Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeting Thursday a deal was 'in place.' The deal has since fallen apart with the Nationals 'moving on' according to Rosenthal.
Phillips is already owed $27 million over the next two seasons per his existing contract with the Reds. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Phillips wanted an extension as a condition of approving the trade, as he has a no-trade clause as a part of his contract.
Phillips will be turning 35 during the 2016 season, adding additional years to the contract seemed to be something the Nationals were unwilling to do. Rosenthal did note talks between the two clubs could resume at some point, but a trade currently is not likely.
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Sources: #Nationals moving on from Phillips, pursuing other options. Kendrick could be one; a trade could be another. Murphy low priority.