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Report: Reds offer Brandon Phillips five-year extension

Apr 5, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

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UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Reds have offered Phillips a five-year deal in the “neighborhood” of $62.5-65 million. In other words, it’s a shade higher than Dan Uggla‘s five-year, $62 million extension with the Braves from last offseason.

5:20 PM: This morning there was talk of the Reds only offering Brandon Phillips a four year deal that most folks think wouldn’t be enough. Now we hear — from Walk Jocketty himself — that he’s confident a contract extension for Brandon Phillips will be done in a week.

Who knows if it’s the Reds going longer — like maybe giving him the five years that the Braves gave Dan Uggla — or Phillips being willing to accept four, but either way, it would be pretty impressive if the Reds were able to sign Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto within the space of a couple of weeks.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Show him the money and the love. Why stop at 5 years? If they can give Votto 12 years, Phillips should get a minimum of 6. It is only money (not mine thankfully).

  2. johnnyb1976 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    If Walt is saying this its almost a sure thing Cincy fans will be happier with this deal than they are with Votto’s deal. I can hear Phillies fans crying into their cheesesteak from here,

    • phillyphever - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      Nah, we need the money to take care of Hamels, Ruiz and Victorino before thinking about other free agents.

      • johnnyb1976 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        A lot of your friends were loving the thought of Phillips and none of them are talking now.

      • phillyphever - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        I’m not thinking about Phillips right now. I’m more worried about Hamels leaving than anything else.

  3. firemarshal1 - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    The latest is 5 years – 65 million. Back loaded similar to Votto’s deal, in time for 2016’s new FOX TV deal. I say if they can’t get a minimum of 25-30 million per year, create their own Network. Tell the FOX executives from Los Angeles, to stick it up their a$$. we’re not subsidizing their LA baseball teams TV deals. Comcast, NBC, or ABC-ESPN could jump in the negotiations in the next deal. ABC loves Ohio fans, they recognize good TV rating dollars that Ohio fans produce. Up yours FOX!

  4. watchfullhose - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Yea!

  5. metalhead65 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    as long as he is getting paid more than uggla and other guys not as good as him he should be happy with it.

  6. klownboy - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    What in the name of Marge Schott is going on here? The Reds are finally paying their players! Good for them!!!

  7. buffalomafia - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Is he really that good? Is he on a decline? And is he really worth the money?

    • sfs1 - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Yes, possibly (but not likely), probably.

    • johnnyb1976 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Ill take BP for the next 5 years over just about any second baseman in baseball cause if you havent noticed most guys playing second base either dont hit or dont play defense. BP can do both, and hes athletic enough to be able to play great D for a long time.

  8. contraryguy - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Who is this “Reds” team that I recall from my childhood… paying to keep the best players? More-than-adequate pitching? Justified fan optimism? I’m in awe. Might even buy a ticket to GABP this year. Not in July/August though; optimism doesn’t cut thru humidity.

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