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The Reds offered Brandon Phillips a four-year deal

Apr 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that the Reds are offering a four-year contract extension to Brandon Phillips.

Phillips is on the option year of his last deal and I’m sure the Reds would love to keep him, but he’s probably going to get longer offers once he hits the market. Whether those offers would be wise for a guy who will be entering his age-32 season in 2013 is an open question — second basemen don’t age particularly well — but he’ll likely get them if he has another year like the last five he’s had in Cincinnati.

The Reds aren’t widely expected to give him something great, though, what with them backing the money truck up to Joey Votto.

  1. stevincinci - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    He’ll stay with the Reds. They’ll go 5 years at 15 mil with a team option for year 6. No trade clause included.

  2. mybrunoblog - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Take the deal…Dont risk injury or becoming a free agent mercenary who ends up on some team only for the $ and unhappy.

  3. metalhead65 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    hate to see him leave but I do not blame him. why should he take less money than guys like dan uggla? he is the best second baseman out there and should get paid like it. it’s not like he is barry larkin and at the end of his carrer and getting a sweetheart deal. just because he will turning 31 this season does not mean he will suddenly forget how to play once he signs a contract and 4 years is perfect for him and the reds. by the time it ends his replacement should be ready and the reds will not be forced to overpay another washed up ex-card to take his place. trust me that is walt’s plan if they do not resign him.

  4. xmatt0926x - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    “hey Brandon, you look really good in red and white” – Ruben Amaro

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