Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips blocked trade to Atlanta Braves

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) points to a fan after striking out in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on August 31, 2014. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 avoiding a sweep of the series. UPI/Archie Carpenter
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) rounds third base following his solo home run in the top of the 13th inning giving the Reds the 5-4 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, on June 25, 2015. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) returns to the dugout smiling after hitting a triple in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, on June 25, 2015. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
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Brandon Phillips was nearly a member of the Atlanta Braves last November.
The Cincinnati Reds' All-Star second baseman vetoed a trade to the Braves in 2016, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The Braves attempted to add Phillips while signing free agent infielder Sean Rodriguez. Rodriguez later agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million deal.
"...the trade, in theory, is still possible, but the talks are unlikely to revive, sources say," Rosenthal wrote.
Phillips, 35, has used his right to reject a trade as a player with 10 years of major league experience and five straight seasons with the same team three times. He previously blocked deals to the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Phillips is due $14 million in the final year of his current pact with the Reds. He signed a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in 2012.
In November, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that "Phillips is more willing to consider waiving no-trade clause this offseason than last, with only one year left on deal."
The three-time All-Star hit 11 home runs, had 14 stolen bases, and hit .291 last season. Phillips joined the Reds in 2006.
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