THERE IS NO doubt that there is a ‘Make Best Offer’ sign dangling around the neck of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. The ‘Welcome’ mat in front of his locker in Great American Ball Park is worn out.
The reason is twofold: By dealing Phillips the Reds rid themselves of a contract worth $50 million over the next four years and they rid themselves of a troublesome personality in the clubhouse.
Phillips became persona non grata and probably sealed his fate in August when he told Cincinnati Magazine that the front office lied to him, when he said the club promised to talk to him about a contract extension before they talked to Joey Votto, but extended Votto’s contract before they addressed his.
... While Phillips is popular with fans through his Twitter account and his willingness to sign autographs, he is not so popular in the clubhouse and is thought of as a self-promoter.
Said one man who is in the clubhouse every day, “You can’t tell by Brandon’s face whether we won or lost, but you can tell if he went 0 for 4 or 2 for 4 no matter if we won or lost.”
...THERE IS NO DOUBT Phillips is one of the best defensive second basemen in baseball, perhaps one of the best all-time and better than Joe Morgan.
Some of his plays are spectacular. Some are made up by Phillips on the spur of the moment — most of them to the team’s benefit. Most players on other teams consider him a hot dog and when asked once about it, Phillips smiles and said, “Tell ‘em to bring their own mustard.”
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 04:12 AM | 52 comment(s)
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