Phillips reportedly wanted extension to approve trade to Nationals

Brandon Phillips hit .294 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI in 148 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015.
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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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