MLB Trade Rumors: Brandon Phillips Blocks Trade From Cincinnati Reds Again

MLB Trade Rumors: Brandon Phillips Blocks Trade From Cincinnati Reds Again

Major League Baseball trade rumors reveal that Brandon Phillips blocked another attempt by the Cincinnati Reds to deal him away. Last year, Phillips rejected trades to the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks. Second baseman Dilson Herrera, the return from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade, is now being blocked by Phillips.

Phillips will earn $14 million this season in the final year of his contract. It is worth noting that Phillips has also previously blocked deals to the DBacks, and Nationals in the past couple of seasons, so there is clearly something larger in play.

Phillips as the everyday second baseman is not part of the club's plan.

Brandon Phillips Steals Second Base For Cincinnati Reds
MLB Trade Rumors: Brandon Phillips Blocks Trade From Cincinnati Reds Again

Phillips is from the Atlanta-area and while the fit may not be obvious, it was clear that the Reds thought they finally found a suitor to Phillips' liking. It gives players - especially players who have been with one team on a long contract - a chance to control their destiny a little bit, and that's what Phillips chose to do. His defensive runs saved at second base, however, was a career-low negative-9.

Ready or not, the day Phillips leaves Cincinnati is coming.

Brandon Phillips was almost a member of the Atlanta Braves last November. Adding Phillips to the mix would certainly be another step toward competing for a playoff spot this season, rather than waiting for all the young players on the roster to become fully developed. Regardless, Phillips nixed the deal and, according to the report, the Rodriguez signing was a factor in him exercising his 10-5 rights to prevent a trade. This isn't the end of these recent Major League Baseball trade rumors because Phillips still hasn't talked to the media yet, and it is clear the Reds are working hard to have him gone before Spring Training begins.

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