Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Phillips and Reds agree to 6 year, $72.5 million deal

DatDudeBP will be with
the Reds through 2017.
The Reds have agreed to a six-year, $72.5 million deal with second baseman Brandon Phillips, which will keep the fan favorite in Cincinnati through 2017. The deal was first reported by former Reds' General Manager and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, and later confirmed by John Fay on Twitter. This of course comes on the heels of the 10-year, $225 million extension they reached with Joey Votto last week. It is another move that signals that the Reds front office is not shying away from spending big in hopes of putting a perennial contender on the field.

Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal will cover 2012-2017, which essentially makes it a five year extension. Rangers' 2B Ian Kinsler signed a five-year, $75 million deal earlier in the day.

Phillips is in his seventh year with Cincinnati, and recently got his 1000th hit as a Red. In his career in the Queen City, Phillips has carried a .280 average, while collecting 124 home runs, and 486 runs batted in. He won his first Silver Slugger award last year and has been to back-to-back All-Star games in each of the past two years. Phillips is perhaps best known for his glove work and won his third Gold Glove in the past four years last year.

So far this year, Phillips is hitting .267 (4-15) with a run scored and a .313 on-base percentage from the leadoff position. The Reds have a press conference scheduled at 4pm EST which can be seen live on MLB.com.

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