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.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.