Brandon Phillips: Cincinnati Reds plan to trade second baseman this winter

October 18, 2013 – 5:03 pm by Ryan Phillips

Brandon Phillips

The Cincinnati Reds bowed out of the 2013 playoffs in the one-game wild card round in disappointing fashion. After firing manager Dusty Baker, the Reds are apparently not done remaking their organization. Word has now come that they plan on trading second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter as well.

Phillips posted an OPS of just .706 (his worst as a Red) in 2013, but did hit 18 home runs, while driving in 103 runs. But when you consider that he has four years and $50 million left on his contract, a WAR of 1.7 is pretty terrible.

But more than his play, reports claim that the 32-year-old Phillips (no relation) is on the trade block mostly because has ruffled some feathers in the Reds organization. His behavior has reportedly upset a lot of people around the team, and he even called Reds owner Bob Castellini a liar this past season. Clearly that wasn’t the way to endear himself to the franchise.

The Reds apparently determined they had to trade Phillips at least a month ago.

But would anyone around the league be interested in trading for a 32-year-old second baseman who is wildly overpaid? It’s possible, but only if the Reds were prepared to pick up a significant portion of his salary and not expect much in return. It would basically have to be a straight salary dump for Cincinnati.

The Reds have one of the most talented rosters in the big leagues, so the fact that they haven’t advanced past the National League Division Series in their last three postseason appearances (2010, 2012 and 2013) has been a huge disappointment. In fact, the Reds last got past the NLDS back in 1995 and they were promptly swept by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.

Something has to change in Cincinnati and firing Dusty Baker was apparently just the first step. Expect Brandon Phillips to be in another uniform next season.

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  1. 12 Responses to “Brandon Phillips: Cincinnati Reds plan to trade second baseman this winter”

  2. Brandon Phillips is the most talented 2nd baseman in baseball. Firing Baker was thje right thing to do. Trading Phillips would be disasterous.

    By J.P.Walsh on Oct 18, 2013


    By spearsey on Oct 19, 2013

  4. even if he does clown around he is still the reds best trade him would be really stupid and i think it would really mess up the locker room .

    By dale hurley on Oct 19, 2013

  5. Things would have been better for Phillips had Baker not convinced him he had to play through injuries instead of sitting him down and getting him well. If we’re trading Phillips for the reasons mentioned then they’ll be trading Votttto because he didn’t rip on Phillips’ rant. Where does it end? Apparently the reds did lie to Phillips or they wouldn’t be trading him.

    By a fan on Oct 19, 2013

  6. Phillips is the best defensive second baseman in baseball but his bat is suspect. With Votto and Choo leading the world in on base percentage Phillips should have knocked in 150 runs. I am tired of watching Phillips joke around with the other team at second base even when the reds are losing. He is not a leader and is to much of a showboat for me and his comments about his contract during the season were out of line. Trade him and try to resign Choo.

    By Mike on Oct 19, 2013

  7. Phillips has to go. You can not have a twelve year old playing second base on a championship club. We can do better at second base we must be patient Mr. Jockety is on the case.

    By Aldo Nova on Oct 19, 2013

  8. Wow… 99% of your readers are complete fucking idiots. Brandon Phillips is possibly the most talented second baseman to ever play the game, and certainly the most talented playing now.

    For those saying he jokes around too much… do you all stay dead serious and pissed off all day, every day at work? Or do you loosen up and try to enjoy it, since you have to be there? If you’re the former, you’re headed for an early heart attack or stroke (which won’t come soon enough, in my book, you ass clowns.)

    By Blackhat72 on Oct 19, 2013

  9. Okay, done watching Reds again. Love Brandon. Others should go before him. Just sayin! If its a rant or rumor and not real not funny!

    By Ducks on Oct 19, 2013

  10. Phillips is another Chad Johnson.he can’t keep his mouth shut.he’s a hotdog.and for his hitting,more times than not,he can’t hit a ball out of the infield.”check the stats”.if he gets lucky and does hit one in the outfield,he stands there and watches it like he’s just won the seventh game of the world series.what a joke!! i wouldn’t want him disrupting my team his ass if anyone will have him.

    By dallas on Oct 20, 2013


    By JUDT on Oct 20, 2013

  12. HE’S UNCOACHABLE!! he thinks he knows everything.he’s hit into more double plays than anyone on the team.he baffels everyone with B.S.,and it’s caught up with him.he’s not a team long as he looks good is all he cares.JUST ASK HIM !! other players can’t stand him.that’s why is locker is all by its self,away from the rest of the team.i sure hope another team is stupid enough to take him.

    By DAT-GOOB-BP on Oct 20, 2013

  13. Brandon Phillips is amazing with his glove and that will be missed but If you can get a quality player in return then pull the trigger. He still has plenty left in his tank and you all would be crazy to think that other teams won’t be jumping at the chance to get him in a trade. The Reds would need to fill 2nd base so I would look for them to aquire a person to replace Phillips or quite possibly a right hand power hitter to play left field.

    By Keato on Oct 21, 2013

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