After their trade for Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips fell through, the Washington Nationals are moving on and looking for another middle infielder, according to FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal (Dec. 19).
The Nationals and Reds had agreed to a trade that would send Phillips, who hit .294 with 12 home runs and 70 RBIs last season, last Thursday, however failed to get Phillips to waive his no-trade clause with an incentive (Dec. 19).
Now, the Nationals could look at Howie Kendrick or Daniel Murphy as a middle infielder, though Rosenthal reported that Murphy is not a high-priority target for the Nationals (Dec. 19). Washington could also trade for a second baseman.
Murphy, who hit .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs for the Mets last season, struggled against the Nationals, hitting .171 with one home run and seven RBIs. Against the other three teams in the NL East, he hit .294.