Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has become more willing to waive his no-trade clause than he was last year, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. Phillips has full no-trade rights as a result of his 10-and-5 status, and he used those rights to seek an extension when the Reds tried to deal him to the Nationals last offseason. Talks between the two teams ended up fizzling.
It appears this offseason might play out differently. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball wrote last month that the rebuilding Reds intended to let Phillips know about their desire to find more playing time for Jose Peraza, who played a variety of positions in a productive rookie season in 2016. It’s possible the prospect of receiving less playing time himself has caused Phillips to change his tune somewhat.
Phillips is now 35, but he would still make a reasonably attractive target for a team seeking second base help (including, speculatively, teams like the Angels, Dodgers and Mets). He batted .291/.320/.416 in a solid 2016 season (although defensive metrics indicate that his fielding has declined of late), and he only has one year and $14MM remaining on the extension he signed in 2012.