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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Report: Nationals close to completing trade for Brandon Phillips


The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Brandon Phillips to the Washington Nationals.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Phillips must waive his no-trade clause for the trade to be completed, as he is protected since he has 10 years of MLB service and five in a row with the same club.

Phillips seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter:

The area code in Cincinnati is 513, and it is 202 in the nation’s capital. Papa Pope is also a reference to the show “Scandal,” which takes place in Washington, D.C.

Phillips is said to love the city of Cincinnati, but it doesn’t seem like he is all that disappointed in the trade. There are reportedly some financial issues to resolve before Phillips waives the no-trade clause.

The Reds are rebuilding, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Phillips is loved by many fans because of antics like this, but keeping the veteran around makes little sense given the current state of the franchise.

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