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Reds GM downplays Brandon Phillips rumors … sort of

Oct 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Amid reports that the Reds are planning to trade Brandon Phillips this offseason general manager Walt Jocketty was asked about the situation yesterday and insisted: “I’m not talking to any clubs about him.”

Jocketty told reporters assembled for the Bryan Price introductory press conference that he recently texted Phillips to assure him “I have not spoken to anybody about that.”

Of course, when asked if he’d guarantee Phillips will still be in Cincinnati come Opening Day the GM replied:

I’m not saying that. We’ve got some things we’ve got to look at on how we’re going to improve our club. I’m not going to say nobody is untouchable. Obviously, we want to keep as much of this club intact as we can.

So read into all of that whatever you will. My take is that the Reds are clearly willing to field offers on Phillips and assuming there are teams that view the 32-year-old second baseman as worth the $50 million remaining on his contract a trade seems pretty likely.

  1. drewy44 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    “I’m not going to say nobody is untouchable”. Wow. Instant migraine.

    Votto is an untouchable.

    • stex52 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Agreed. I think you could name at least five untouchables on that team. But Phillips is clearly not one of them.

    • jm91rs - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      I would doubt that Votto is untouchable. If someone would take that contract and offer up a package of top prospects I think they’d have to listen. They probably wouldn’t pull the trigger on a deal though. Having 35% of the payroll tied up in 2 guys really hurts a small market team like the Reds. I’d think the untouchable guys are the young pitchers that have team friendly contracts.

      • joshbresser - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Votto has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

        So, yes, he is untouchable.

  2. shelbysensation - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    There’s a difference between being untouchable and being too expensive. The Reds would be willing to trade anyone. But in the case of Votto, the asking price will be way too high for anyone to hit it.

    • joshbresser - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      It’s also impossible to trade Votto when he has a no trade clause..

  3. bringbackkosar - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Reds need to address the catcher position, the Mesoraco/Hanigan platoon is way underachieving. Anybody else remember when Phillips would steal 15-20 bases every season?

    • jm91rs - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      The base stealing problem was on Dusty. The Reds didn’t steal bases until Hamilton came up. Mesoraco should be playing every day, he might be able to hit better if he has consistent playing time. Every time he got in a groove this year Dusty did the “sit the hot bat and ride the cold bat til it’s hot” thing.

    • lhundley96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Mesoraco really improved this year though and I think he will just get better, he only has two years under his belt.

    • lhundley96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Mesoraco really improved this past year, he only has two years under his belt so he should only get better.

  4. whodeybacker - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    If he cant buy into the culture Price wants to create then hes gonna be traded. Later than sooner I believe. A couple things could make this a reality. 1. He called the owner a liar, twice. 2. Tirade on reporter, with no apology was a pr no no. 3. BILLY hamilton can play 2nd base. Price’s comments at the news conference yesterday definitely spoke of some folks needing to get onboard to his team goals. Phillips and Votto came to mind.

    • joshbresser - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Price is a stats guy. He knows the value of Votto.

    • lhundley96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Do you really think Hamilton can play 2nd? He’s only ever played shortstop and center field and they said his defense at short left something to be desired. Phillips and Votto both need an attitude change. Votto really needs to stop pouting every time he gets out and needs to stop screaming the f word so loud you can hear it while watching the game.

      • drewy44 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Votto screaming the “f word” is sometimes the only thing that makes the team worth watching with the sound on during Fox Sports Ohio broadcasts. I know I’d rather hear that than listen to Chris Welsh recant his pickoff attempt story for the millionth time, or get the name of the current batter correct.

      • lhundley96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Haha that’s true. Chris Welsh is still a lot better than Sean Casey. He’s like a broken record that only likes to talk about food.

      • theman1932 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        lhundley96: You must be kidding. Welsh is not better than Casey. Welsh is only a slight step above Cowboy, who is incredibly annoying.

        But I agree with you about Hamilton. There’s a reason he moved to the outfield. I like that BP plays with emotion, but Votto’s emotion is him yelling the f word.

  5. sportsfan69 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Tuff web crowd here. The same bloggers should analyze themselves. I love the Reds. Votto, Bruce, Frazier, Cozart, Phillips, Latos, Bailey, Lecure, Ludwick, Leake, Chapman, a great group of players. The Reds announcers of Thom Brennnaman and Chris Welch is one of the best in the business. Thom, keep up the great work.

    • paco53 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      I wrote to John Kiesewetter, the Enquirer Radio-TV guy, that it was a shame that Casey-George Grande did the biggest series of the year, when the Reds played in Pittsburgh. Both are dull. I would have been much happier with another combination calling the game on television.

      Cowboy is very good; the Hall of Famer (Marty) is great. Thom is very good, too. Welch and Kelch are average.

      • timburns116 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        You are so wrong it actually caused me physical pain to read that comment. Thom is terrible at everything, cowboy is a redneck douchebag, and sMarty is a negative whiner, who still can’t be bothered to learn about Bill James after 30 years

  6. wpjohnson - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    The Reds need some leadership in the clubhouse. Scott Rolen apparently did the job but he is gone.

  7. yahmule - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

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