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Reds haven’t made progress on Brandon Phillips extension

Feb 8, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

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Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value.

And it seems not much has changed.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty told’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to become a free agent after the 2012 World Series.

“Hopefully in the next few weeks, it’s something we can address,” said the Cincinnati general manager.

Phillips, 30, batted .300/.353/.457 with 18 home runs, 38 doubles and 82 RBI in 674 plate appearances last season for the Reds while playing his usual brand of elite-level defense at second base. He told reporters back in late-September that he would not be offering the Reds a “homeboy hookup” in long-term talks.

  1. skids003 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    He thinks he’s worth Pujols money. Sorry, Brandon, you’re not. You’ve had a few good years, but you ain’t elite.

  2. stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    He won’t get Pujols money, but a solid fielding second baseman with an .800 OPS will get some serious bucks. Cincy may get priced out.

  3. phlockar - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    As a Reds fan I would love to keep BP long term and him retire a Red but the money that he’d get would cripple the payroll. He’s gonna make a ton of money next season outside of Cincy.

  4. metalhead65 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    just so we are clear here Walt is not going to pay market value for phillips but will overpay for a washed up left fielder? no connection at all that said player had his best year in 2008 while both were the cardinals though right? I mean there was such a demand for ludwick just like last year when he overpaid for a washed up shortstop that played for the cards at 1 time right? I mean people were beating down the doors trying to sign him right? how did that work out for them again? so 1.5 for renteria and 2.5 for lidwick the “small market” reds can afford but one of the best at his position they can’t? as a reds fan I hope they win it all this year because the future does not look very bright.

  5. cintiphil - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    We like Brandon here in Cinti., but he ain’t no Albert or Prince for that matter. It just depends on what kind of year he has in 2012. If he excels at the bat and in the filed, then he will be worth a lot of money to someone. I don’t think the Reds have the bucks to pay him what he wants. But, if he has just a so-so season, his demands on the Reds could go down. Walt has put all his eggs in the 2012 basket, and if they don’t win, they could lose at least two of the four stars on the team after the 2012 season. That includes pitching, hitting and in the field.

    • stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      I guess that’s why GM is such a tough job. Last year was Phillips’ best. Do you negotiate on that basis, or do you negotiate on his historic .755 OPS? Is Phillips going to lose a step this year? Jocketty may be making the right decision for the Reds. But it’s not an easy one.

  6. metalhead65 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I guess cards fans do not like having their former players listed as washed up. but if they are still so good why don’t they try and resign them? aside from jocketty who was beating down ludwicks’s door? where were the cards at?

  7. dnmaster0765 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    If I had to choose between Phillips and Votto, I’d hold the money back for Votto. Phillips is a strong player, but Votto is going to contribute more offensively and be a better clubhouse presence.

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