The report comes on the heels of one from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that stated the club could be interested in moving the second baseman. Phillips had a .706 OPS in 2013, which was his lowest ever as a Red, but Fay indicated that the main reason they'd want to deal him is because he's ruffled some feathers in the organization. The second baseman has four years and $50 million left on his contract.
David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves may be interested in acquiring Brandon Phillips from the Reds provided that they take Dan Uggla as part of the deal.
The Braves would also likely have to include a prospect or two to sweeten the deal. Uggla still has two years and $26 million remaining on his deal with the Braves, while Phillips is still owed $50 million over the next four years.
I've always thought of Phillips as a stand up guy, but he was annoying this year. I couldn't believe how much he whined about his contract. If he felt it was a low offer....then test free agency! Going on twitter wars with people talking about his OBP...lame.
Phillips offensive skills are declining but even with the decline, he's still a good offensive 2b. Add in the stellar defense and he's top 5 all around 2b in the league IMO.
If the Reds land Cuban 2b Alexander Guerrero, I think the Dodgers will make an offer for Phillips.
Edited by poopdungbeatle, 19 October 2013 - 11:43 AM.