Report: Reds may trade Phillips to Nationals

Posted at 12:27 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 00:27:09-05

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips could be headed for a reunion with Dusty Baker if trade talks with the Washington Nationals pan out, major-league sources told

Phillips has two years left on his six-year, $72.5 million contract, and enjoys full no-trade rights as a player with 10 years of service time and five with the same team.

So the Nationals would have to woo him somehow, either through an extension or a boost in salary (he's owed $13 million next year and $14 million in 2017).

Sources told that the Reds, trying to rebuild after a dismal season, likely would receive prospects for Phillips.

In November, Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty told WCPO that nobody's off limits for trading -- and that includes Phillips. He hit .294/.328/.395 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 70 RBI. His average and on-base percentage were his best since 2011.

The Nationals announced Nov. 3 they were hiring Baker to manage the team, after the Reds fired him two years ago. 

---'s John Fay contributed to this report.