Fun Cards Submission: 2016 Topps Brandon Phillips (Washington Nationals)
Another fine submission from TWJ contributor Patrick of a player who appeared to be heading out of Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips nixed a deal with the Washington Nationals. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Phillips, but it seems that a player who is in the last part of his playing career would want to play for a contender. Add Dusty Baker into the mix as manager, and it looked like a perfect move for the second baseman who has fallen out of favor with a portion of the Reds fanbase.
Phillips considered waiving his no-trade clause, but the Reds were not willing to meet his demands. So he’ll play the next two years in the Queen City out of spite. Reds management has been fed up with him for a while, and more and more fans are turning against the former All-Star and Gold Glove infielder. Shame on the Reds for giving him that contract in the first place, and shame on them for not trading him a few years ago before he reached 10-and-5 status.