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Reds will exercise $12 million option on Brandon Phillips

Sep 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Phillips

General manager Walt Jocketty announced that the Reds intend to exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and indicated that the two sides have had some preliminary talks about a long-term contract extension.

Phillips tweeted about having “a lot on my mind” because today might be his final home game with the Reds, but Jocketty quickly squashed that by telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “He’ll be with us.”

As an elite defensive second baseman with an above-average bat Phillips is definitely worth the $12 million investment for 2012. He’s had arguably the best season of his career, with highs in batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.346) to go with his second-best OPS (.798), but Phillips has ceased being an effective base-stealer and at age 30 committing for more than a couple seasons would certainly be risky for the Reds at his current price.

  1. metalhead65 - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    yea not signing him to a long term deal will give walt plenty of time to scrounge up another washed up ex-card to replace him. he just had his best year and because he didn’t steal bases you don’t think they should sign for more than a couple of years? did you take into account that dusty has batted him everywhere in the lineup from first to cleanup?hard to steal bases when you are trying to drive in runs isn’t it? if he had not told dusty to bat him leadoff the reds would be worse than the cubs! even if the reds had somebody capable of taking his spot they would never know since baker refused to give consistent playing time to any of the reds prospects. only in dustyland will hitting a homer or 3 in a game guarantee you will not play the next day or week.simply the worst manager in baseball. they should resign him to at least a 3 year deal no matter what your stupid new stats tell you!

  2. barklikeadog - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Congrats Brandon! Wish you were still on the better side of the state of Ohio (Cleveland, that is)!

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