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Nationals chances of adding Brandon Phillips appear to fade

Nationals chances of adding Brandon Phillips appear to fade

Chances that the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds will complete a deal for veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips appeared to be fading Saturday. Because Phillips has played 10 years in the major leagues, five with the same team, he must consent to any trade. As of Friday, the Reds had made no progress in persuading him to do so, a person familiar with the situation said. Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some...

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