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Report: Nationals are moving on from Brandon Phillips trade


UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Phillips asked for an extension as a condition of approving the trade. It’s easy to see why that went nowhere.

1:49 p.m. ET: The deal was reported to be in limbo last night and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the Nationals are “moving on” from a potential trade with the Reds for second baseman Brandon Phillips.

It’s unclear what caused the deal to dissolve, but Phillips has full no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player. He wanted some kind of financial compensation in order to sign off on the deal and apparently that hasn’t happened. Phillips, 34, is owed $37 million over the next two seasons.

The Nationals traded Yunel Escobar to the Angels this month and plan to have Danny Espinosa at shortstop and Anthony Rendon at third next season, so the club could turn to free agents like Howie Kendrick and Daniel Murphy or look for another trade partner.

Red Sox want to trade Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.

The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.

While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.

Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.