Washington Nationals News: Deal for Brandon Phillips reportedly off


Today’s District Daily discusses the Washington Nationals’ deal with the Reds for Brandon Phillips being called off and Jonathan Papelbon’s updated no-trade list.

Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the Nationals’ ongoing search for a second baseman. As Ladson writes in his article, the Nationals had reached a deal with the Reds to bring second baseman Brandon Phillips to D.C., but that deal apparently fell through earlier today when Phillips did not waive his no-trade clause.

Phillips is a “10 and 5” player, meaning he has played at least 10 years in the big leagues and has played the last five with the same team. As a “10 and 5” player, he must consent to any trade offer. It’s not known why Phillips rejected the trade, but as Ladson notes, some reports indicate that the second baseman wanted more money and a contract extension as compensation for any trade.

With Phillips off the table for now, the Nationals will likely look at other options, such as free agent Daniel Murphy, to fill the gap at second base.

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Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Joey Nowak discusses Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon‘s updated no-trade list. The team is reportedly looking to trade Papelbon this offseason, but as part of his contract, the right-hander can reject a trade to 17 teams.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Deal to bring Phillips to Nats reportedly off

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — It looks like Brandon Phillips will not be a member of the Nationals after all.

The Nationals and the Reds reportedly had a deal in place on Thursday that would have sent Phillips to Washington, but according to FoxSports.com, the veteran second baseman did not waive his no-trade clause. As a “10 and 5” player, Phillips must consent to any deal. Any player with 10 years or more of Major League service time, including the past five with his current team, has the right to block any trade. Neither club has confirmed a deal was in place. Read full article here.

Papelbon reportedly updates no-trade list

(Joey Nowak, MLB.com)

Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly updated his no-trade list for the 2016 season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

Papelbon’s new list of teams to which he can block a deal are: the D-backs, Braves, Orioles, Reds, Rockies, White Sox, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, A’s, Pirates, Mariners, Rangers and Blue Jays.

And the teams he can be traded to without his permission are: the Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Tigers, Angels, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Rays, Cardinals, Padres and Giants. Read full article here.