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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Rosenthal: On ‘second’ thought, Reds unlikely to trade Phillips

For much of the offseason, many in baseball expected the Cincinnati Reds to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips.

A deal, however, appears increasingly unlikely, according to major league sources.

The Reds discussed Phillips with the New York Yankees earlier in the offseason, and later received inquiries from teams on his 10-team no-trade list. None of those discussions was serious, sources said.

A trade still is possible if a team makes a substantial offer, but the Reds are not actively shopping Phillips, sources said. Clubs in need of second basemen also can consider free agents such as Robinson Cano and Omar Infante.

Phillips, 32, is owed $50 million in the final four years of his contract. He reportedly angered Reds officials last season by complaining in a magazine article about his contract after the team signed first baseman Joey Votto to a 10-year, $225 million extension, and also engaged in a verbal confrontation with a reporter that was caught on camera.

Thanks to Barnald the Red.

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:24 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4610363)
Swag is undervalued on the trade market.
   2. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:45 AM (#4610375)
On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. 'Tis a silly place.
   3. Chris Fluit Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4610378)
What a shock! "Reds fail to find interest in ridiculous asking price."
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4610402)
So they don't want to admit that they overpaid with his extension, then?
   5. Gamingboy Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4610435)
Swag is undervalued on the trade market.

It's the next market inefficency.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4610702)
Good. As a Reds fan I have no doubt the team will be better with him than without him.
   7. zonk Posted: December 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4610706)
Never saw him shopped

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