Dec. 6: What’s up with Brandon Phillips?

The Reds may have been planning to trade 2B Brandon Phillips, but that no longer seems to be the case, according to the following reports…

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Dec. 6: The buzz in Cincinnati is that the front office and ownership are split: some like him, some are tired of him, some know he’s their best bet to free up money and help the farm system, others can’t think of the Reds without him. So, in cases like that, either it takes an overwhelming offer or the owner steps in and sets the direction. I have not heard any connection between the Mets and Phillips, though it stands to reason he would be of interest to Sandy Alderson in the event he moves Daniel Murphy for a more powerful bat…

Dec. 4: The Reds are now unlikely to trade Phillips (Rosenthal).

Nov. 7: Phillips is as good as gone, a league executive said (Passan).

Nov. 6: Phillips is available in the right trade, but the price is steep (Heyman); the Dodgers, Tigers, Royals and Orioles are interested in acquiring a second baseman (Heyman).

Nov. 5: The Yankees have inquired about Phillips (Heyman).

Oct. 19: The Reds intend to shop Phillips this winter (Nightengale)


Anyone else remember watching the guy loaf all the way to 1B during a crucial series with the Mets at the end of last season?  Yanks will overpay for him or Kelly Johnson.

Matthew Rapillo
Matthew Rapillo

Murphy is 28 and outplayed Phillips on a down year last year. I understand that Phillips knocked in more runs but he was batting 4th behind two of the top on-base guys in all of baseball. Phillips splits .261/.310/.396 with 18 homers, 103 rbi's, 158 hits, and 80 runs. While Murphy's were .286/.319/.415 with 13 homers, 78 rbi's, and 188 hits. Murphy did all of this while primarily batting second in a lineup without a leadoff hitter. Don't forget that he also stole 23 bases while being caught only 3 times and he also struck out 95 times where Phillips struck out 98.  If you don't think that's good enough then Murphy's WAR of 1.8 was better than Phillips at 1.6. I understand that Phillips is a great guy with an excellent glove but at his age and the fact that Murphy plays a strong game lead to the fact that he shouldn't be traded.