The Nationals and Reds are discussing a trade that would send second baseman Brandon Phillips to Washington, according to a report from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. It is unclear how close the sides are to a deal, but the Reds would receive prospects if it is finalized.
Rosenthal notes that for a deal to be completed, Phillips would have to waive his no-trade clause as a player with 10-and-5 rights. Phillips has not yet indicated that he would be willing to do so, though a reunion with his old manager Dusty Baker may play a role.
Washington is looking for middle infield help after the departure of Ian Desmond, who is a free agent, despite having Trea Turner and Danny Espinosa as available options. The team could be looking to start the season with Espinosa at shortstop and Turner at Triple-A, in which case Phillips would be the team's starting second baseman.
Phillips, 34, has also drawn strong interest from the Diamondbacks throughout the last year after posting a .294/.328/.395 line with 12 home runs last season for Cincinnati. He has spent his entire career in Ohio, playing for the Indians (2002-05) and Reds (2006-15) while being named to the All-Star team on three occasions.
Phillips is under control for the next two seasons, and is owed $27 million in that time.