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  1. Dusty Baker juggles slumping Reds lineup

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Here’s a look at Dusty Baker’s new idea to break the Reds out of their offensive swoon (they’ve scored fewer runs than every team in baseball besides the Pirates): SS Zack Cozart CF Drew Stubbs 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Scott Rolen LF Chris Heisey C Devin Mesoraco I actually…

  2. Brandon Phillips (hammy) returns to Reds’ starting lineup

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

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    Because of left hamstring cramps, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hasn’t appeared in a game since signing his six-year, $72.5 million contract extension early last week. But that will change Sunday in the nation’s capital. According to the Reds’ official Twitter account, Phillips is batting leadoff and starting at second base this afternoon against the…

  3. Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day. Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal: I cried about this. This is…

  4. Brandon Phillips sits with sore hammy after landing big contract

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    It’ll be a few days before Brandon Phillips gets to start justifying the Reds’ $72.5 million commitment to him. Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Phillips would miss three or four days because of a sore left hamstring, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay reports. Phillips, for his part, said he was ready to play. “His…

  5. Reds sign Brandon Phillips to a six-year $72.5 million extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Bowden reported earlier this afternoon that the Reds and Brandon Phillips had a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in place.  Now it appears to be done, says Ken Rosenthal. That’s just shy of Ian Kinsler money, so it’s probably about right for the market, even if it seems kind of nuts to go that long with…

  6. Report: Reds offer Brandon Phillips five-year extension

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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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…

  7. The Reds offered Brandon Phillips a four-year deal

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    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…

  8. And so it begins: Reds bench Chris Heisey on Opening Day

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chris Heisey

    Manager Dusty Baker announced his Opening Day lineup on Wednesday, with Chris Heisey nowhere to be found: 2B Brandon Phillips SS Zach Cozart 1B Joey Votto 3B Scott Rolen RF Jay Bruce LF Ryan Ludwick CF Drew Stubbs C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Another notable absence is that of Rookie of the Year hopeful…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Have the Reds built themselves a World Series contender?

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Scott Rolen

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Do the Reds have the pieces to compete for the 2012 World Series title?…

  10. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  11. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  12. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  13. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  14. 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 MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to…

  15. Reds tabled extension talks with Brandon Phillips

    Jan 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    phillips getty wide

    From the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay comes this update on the Reds’ negotiations toward a contract extension with Brandon Phillips: The Reds haven’t talked to Phillips’ agents since the winter meetings. “We decided to table it till January,” [GM Walt] Jocketty said. Phillips told reporters late last season that he would not be offering the Reds a…

  16. General manager Walt Jocketty calls Reds’ lack of moves “very frustrating”

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has come up empty on various attempts to make a significant move this offseason and called it “very frustrating.” “It’s all I’ve been working on, trying to improve our pitching,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s been an extension of the winter meetings. But we’re still not…

  17. The Reds have made an extension offer to Brandon Phillips

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    A week or two ago Brandon Phillips tweeted optimistically about working out a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Nothing happened right after that — if I was the Reds I’d be a bit miffed that Phillips was tweeting about that — but it’s being reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer today that the Reds have made an…

  18. Reds GM on Brandon Phillips extension: “I think it’s still a ways to go”

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday Brandon Phillips took to Twitter to suggest that negotiations with the Reds over a long term deal were progressing. Reds GM Walt Jocketty — while hopeful himself — walked that back a bit last night: When reached for comment, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t believe a deal was near. “I think it’s still a…

  19. Brandon Phillips tweets hint about possible Reds extension

    Nov 29, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Brandon Phillips is one season away from becoming a free agent, but the Reds second baseman posted a tweet today seemingly hinting at a possible long-term contract extension: Just a couple weeks ago general manager Walt Jocketty described contract talks as “not close” and Phillips has previously tweeted some stuff suggesting he expected to become…

  20. Reds' Phillips 'concerned' after taking pitch off hand

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, the All-Star second baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, left Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Santiago Casilla. The incident occurred in the fifth inning of what would become a wild 12-11 Cincinnati victory. While Phillips stayed in the game…

  21. Kung fu Cueto emerges as brawl villain

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:53 AM EDT

    One interesting result of the big Cardinals-Reds square dance on Tuesday night – aside from the fact that only the managers were ejected, is that Brandon Phillips was not the one to emerge as Public Enemy No. 1. (You can see different videos of the brawl here, here and here.)  The real post-brawl villain was Cincinnati…

  22. Brandon Phillips' trash talk comes back to bite

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:56 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips is flashy and likes to live large. He drives a custom Audi with purple paint and Gold Gloves on the wheels, and he blames his sweet ride for his recent reckless driving charge. (“I really didn’t know how fast I was going. That’s how powerful the car is.”) The Cincinnati Reds’ All-Star second…

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