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.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).