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Sign of a trade? Brandon Phillips not on RedsFest schedule

Dec 3, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

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Rumors about the Reds trading Brandon Phillips have died down a bit since early in the offseason, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer noticed an interesting little tidbit that seems to suggest the second baseman remains likely to be moved.

According to a press release sent out by the team to promote the upcoming RedsFest event “over 70 current and former Reds players, coaches, and broadcasters are scheduled to appear.” And as Fay notes, Phillips isn’t on the list.

Could be nothing, of course, but …

  1. jcmeyer10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Unless every other current Reds player is attending and he is not, you are just toying with us Gleeman. And I thought Minnesotans weren’t suppose to play it like that. 😀

  2. contraryguy - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Old news among Reds fans. And BP acknowledges it too.

    • blockedprospect - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM


      He’s the only player who’d been every year since ’07. Offseasons are made for groundless, hot-air speculation over non-stories, but in this case BP’s omission is a telling little detail.

      • jm91rs - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Telling of what though? Telling that he’s pissed at the team for making public that he was available? Or that his feelings are so hurt that he won’t do this for the team/fans? Or is it that they told him he won’t be a Red by the time of Redsfest. I’d say this tells us nothing when the player is as emotional/moody as BP.

      • blockedprospect - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        What’s your basis for assuming that this is a function of the player’s hurt feelings & not a team decision? All we have suggests the latter, not the former: he’s not on the festivities roster & he’s stated that he won’t be there unless permitted.

      • jm91rs - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Listened to Phil Castellini on the radio today. He’s in charge of RedsFest and all the other “fan friendly” things. He made it pretty damn clear that if it were up to him Brandon would be there because he’s a huge draw for fans. That tells me it’s not up to the Reds.

  3. yahmule - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    “Okay, everybody who’s going to the RedsFest take one step forward. Not so fast, Brandon…”

  4. jfk69 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Yankees or Braves…Just a matter of time and the art of the deal.
    JAY Z considering dropping a little lower. Now at 259 million over 8

  5. voidhelix - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Jays. We`ve danced this dance before Cincinnati. We have the pitching and prospects to make a trade for Brandon realistic.

    • jm91rs - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      By danced this dance before, you mean you sent us an over-aged Scott Rolen and we sent back a home run masher in Edwin Encarnacion? That worked out well for the Reds for 1 year, but since then not so much.

  6. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    The Phillips trade rumors really just seem like wishcasting on the part of local media.

    C. Trent’s friends at the Enquirer and the bloggers at Redleg Nation seem convinced that the only way for the Reds to move forward is to trade BP.

    Coincidentally, both C. Trent and the guys at Redleg Nation were on the receiving end of some “colorful language” from Phillips.

    Bona fide trade rumor or wishful thinking by butthurt media? I think it is mostly the latter.

    • tuberippin - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      True, but on the other hand, if you’re Cincy and you pondered trading him at some point along his current contract, now is the opportune time. He’s still valuable enough as a player to command a decent return, and there are potential buyers on the market.

      The issue for Cincy is that they don’t really have a legitimate second base prospect ready to supplant Philips. Billy Hamilton could play there, but one can’t yet say for sure if that’s an all-around upgrade.

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