The Braves expressed interest in acquiring Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in November, but the veteran infielder used his no-trade rights to block the proposed deal, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Atlanta, seeking second base depth, added Sean Rodriguez on a two-year deal before November ended and trade talks involving Phillips “are unlikely to revive,” sources told Rosenthal.
For Phillips, depending on no-trade protection has become commonplace. He also blocked trades to Washington and Arizona last winter.
Cincinnati is in the midst of a complete rebuild but has been unsuccessful in previous attempts to move Phillips. He reportedly sought an extension if he were to be sent to the Nationals, and while money could be a factor, Phillips reportedly wants the team to “address unspecified issues,” according to Rosenthal.
The Reds can turn to prospects Dilson Herrera and Jose Peraza in 2017, and as a result, Phillips is unlikely to receive consistent playing time. Over 141 games last season, Phillips hit .291/.320/.416 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs.
There is still a chance the Reds can move Phillips in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, but he can similarly reject a trade. Phillips is signed through 2017 and is expected to earn $14 million next season.
Atlanta might have landed a better alternative in Rodriguez, who hit .270 over 140 games with the Pirates last year. Rodriguez is also a more versatile piece who has experience playing at first and second base and in the outfield.