Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GIANT Edition of Quotes & Notes: Phillips, Cordero & More

As the season draws to an anti-climatic end for the Redlegs, plenty of reflections on 2011, outlooks for 2012, contract negotiations, and general notes are busting at the seams. Here's a rundown on everything to help catch you up:

- Walt Jocketty and Brandon Phillips' agents met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss extending the second basemen's contract beyond 2012. Here's what Jocketty had to say after the meeting: “It went fine. We had talked a little bit in the past. It was more a kind of guidelines of what we’re trying to do. Once the season is over, we’ll talk again. We kind of stated our position and they stated theirs. We’ll see if we can come up with a middle ground somewhere. If nothing, like we did with Bronson [Arroyo], we’ll exercise the option and keep working on it.”
@DatDudeBP is hitting .299
with 18 HR & 82 RBI in '11

- Phillips, who has a $12 million team option for next season, had this to say afterward: “I’m glad they at least talked. It makes me feel better, even though it took them to second last game of the season. It is what it is. As long as they talk, it makes me feel. I’m hopeful that they get something done....This is where I want to be. The Reds gave me a second chance. I took advantage of it. I’m hopeful that they’ll show me they want me to here. I’m not try to break the bank. I just want to like the other second basemen in this game. That’s all I can really ask for. I feel like I’m one the best second baseman in the game. I want to at least get seen like that and paid for it also.”

- Baseball America released its 2011 Top 20 Midwest League prospects on Tuesday and two Reds farm-hands made the list. Dayton Dragons' SS Billy Hamilton came in at number two while his teammate RHP Daniel Corcino was ranked 16th on the list.

- Cincinnati and Francisco Cordero are in discussions about a possible two or three year deal according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. Like Phillips, Cordero also holds a $12 million club option for next year.

Jay Bruce has 32 HR & 97
RBI this season
- Jay Bruce, 24, hit his 100th career homer on Tuesday, making him the third youngest player in franchise history to reach the mark behind Johnny Bench and Frank Robinson.

- Drew Stubbs' next strikeout will move him into sole possession of third place on baseball's all-time single season strikeout list. He currently sits at 204.

- Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.84 ERA) gets the ball for Cincy's last game of the 2011 season on Wednesday. He will square off against Miguel Batista (4-2, 4.24 ERA) with first pitch slated for 1:10 PM.

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