To leave, or not to leave?
According to a report in the Washington Post, the Brandon Phillips trade is on hold while the Reds must convince their second baseman to waive his no-trade rights.
On Brandon Phillips-to-Nats: Washington officials are awaiting word from Reds, who are responsible for convincing him to waive no-trade.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) December 18, 2015
On the one hand, Phillips has a home and roots now in Cincinnati. And he’s earned the right to reject trades for whatever reason he wants. On the other hand, playing for the Washington Nationals would provide a chance for Phillips to play in the spotlight of a big city and possibly the post-season. He could also reunite with his long-time manager, Dusty Baker.
Another round of slings and arrows over outrageous fortune between the Reds and Phillips could raise old grievances. Phillips felt the Reds lied to him when he negotiated his previous 4-year, $72.5 million contract. His claim is the Reds pled poverty then turned around and signed Joey Votto to a $200+ million contract. Phillips took the unusual step of using the word “lie“Ã‚Â several times in the media.Ã‚Â Phillips could ask the Reds for a significant amount of money to complete the deal. Again, that’s his right.
If I were the Reds, I’d call his bluff. I think the player would shuffle off.
The situation may resolve quickly or drag on. It’s up to Brandon Phillips how he wants the final chapter of his legacy with the Reds to read.
But it wouldn’t surprise me if Dat Dude played Hamlet for a few days.