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Jocketty: Reds “not close” to extension with Brandon Phillips

Nov 17, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips told reporters back in late-September that he would not be offering a “homeboy hookup” to Cincinnati once it came time to discuss terms for a new contract.

And he certainly seems to be sticking to that.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of on Thursday that the two sides are “not close” to reaching an extension, meaning Phillips will likely enter the 2012 season as a free-agent-to-be.

Phillips, 30, is regarded as one of the top defensive second basemen in the major leagues and batted .300 with an .810 OPS, 18 home runs and 82 RBI in 674 plate appearances this year for the third-place Reds. He’s talented, durable and — with his beaming personality — capable of becoming a fan-favorite in any city.

Phillips will earn $12 million next season via a club option that was exercised at the end of October.

  1. hotkarlsandwich - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    What a “little bitch”

  2. firemarshal1 - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:23 PM


    Quick screwing around. Brandon is one of our core players/leaders. Get rid of the tooth pick manager. Hire Mike Schmidt, he’s from Dayton. Also, we need a Left outfielder and a third baseman with a bat. Or it’s another crappy frustrating year. Trade one of our minor league catchers for a right hand bat/ 3B or LF.

    • brucewaynewins - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM

      Dear Walt:

      Don’t listen to firemarshal1. Hiring a manger because he is from Dayton is a horrible idea.


      All other Reds fans

    • marinersnate - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:31 AM

      “Also, we need a Left outfielder”

      By that do you mean someone to play left field? Or just a left-handed outfielder?

      BTW, can my uncle be bench coach? He is from Toledo….

      • cur68 - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:45 AM

        Mud Hens rule

    • cintiphil - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM

      You are partly correct. After resign Brandon, all else is crap. I would like to get rid of Dusty too, but he is not the biggest problem the Reds have. They need an everyday outfielder, and someone who can play defense at third base, and shore up the P staff. But hire Schmidt because he is from Dayton? Crazy! didn’t Marge hire Pete because he was from Cinti? How did that work out? Didn’t she let sweet Lou go because she wanted to hire her FRIEND Ray Knight, to whom she promised the job? How did that work out? Learn about the game, and don’t pretend that you know as much as Walt!

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        Wow Cincy! You are about as subtle as 50 grit sandpaper. You having a bad day Man?

      • cintiphil - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        Well, you know this guy is supposed to be a fan. He doesn’t even know what the problems have been just this past season. Why can’t people think about what they are saying if it is obviously so contrary? On top of that, there is very little logic here, just his wishes as a true HOMER. Just saying.

  3. metalhead65 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    the reds can’t afford to resign phillips because walt is saving money to sign washed up ex-cards. I hear he trying to talk ozzy smith out of retirement. and the reds do not need another outfielder. they need to make Heisey or alonso the left fielder and stick with them. why they would go with gomes as long as they did and not give Heisey a legit shot is beyond belief. their biggest problem is dusty changing the line up every day. name another manager that if a guy hits 3 homers in a game will not play him for the next week? as for third base rolen is done so make fransisco the starter and rolen back up. and while hiring someone just because they are from dayton may not be a good idea baker is just a terrible manager and needs to be gone for the reds to improve. they won inspite of him in ’10 and he showed that he could not manage his way out of a paper bag last year. I would rather they not sign anybody this off season than give baker washed up vets to play ahead of the younger talent the reds have. given the choice between cozart and renteria you know he would play ahead of the young kid because he is a veteran. and for you eager to get rid of votto for another mid rotation guys you are nuts. if they trade him they better get a king felix or another ace to anchor the rotation instead of some prospects who will not pan out or have their arm blow out under dusty.

    • paperlions - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      I see you are enjoying Jockettyism. Mmmmm, veterany goodness. I am hoping the last vestiges of it left StL with TLR.

      • cintiphil - Nov 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        I felt the deal to bring Rolen here was a good one. he did very well his first year, but of course the guy is a great talent with serious injury problems.His back and now his shoulder will never respond permanently to treatment, and will nag him for ever. Probably the injuries are career enders. The deals for Edmonds and Rent-a-Wreck probably not great ones. What is needed now is a good reliable 3rd base who can field (nobody can be Rolen), and an everyday outfielder like Bruce has been. They are relying on Stubbs in center, but need a guy in left. Maybe Heisey.They may have that in house, but the big problem is the staff. They are good at times, and then lousy.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      You know…Cozart is solid MetalHead but bringing the Wizard on board would certainly help. LOL!
      For what it’s worth…I am with you 100% on Heisey playing extensively in LF AND Dusty treating his Rotation like a bunch of Pack Mules.

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