Thursday, April 12, 2012

What folks are saying about Phillips extension

"I don't think it's a terrible deal for the Reds. Phillips is a good player who's durable and a fan favorite with a big personality. It does create an impetus to win now, before the Votto and Phillips deals potentially become a financial albatross. Hey, if they win now or next year, they can worry about 2016 in 2016." -David Schoenfield of's Sweetspot blog

“Brandon has been an integral part of our organization, both on and off the field, as long as any player in our clubhouse,” Jocketty said. “He has made himself one of the best all-around players in the game. We think we can build a contending team around the players we have here.” - GM Walt Jocketty

“We’re excited to be able to keep Brandon here for 5 more years. He is an important part of our team. His talents on the field, his efforts in the community and his interaction with our fans make him one of the more recognizable and valued members of our organization.” -Owner Bob Castellini

"Beyond money, Phillips also knew he wanted to stay in Cincinnati and this was the best deal he was going to get from them. Phillips probably could have gotten more had he tested the free-agent waters when he would have been the best second baseman on the market, but the Cincinnati community was too important to him; the people mattered." writer Jim Bowden

"For a mere and meager $72.5 million, the Cincinnati Reds boxed and packaged an All-Star/Gold Glove/Silver Slugger second baseman. At the going rate for top-shelf baseball players, Brandon Phillips is a bottom-of-the basket bargain." -Hall of fame writer Hal McCoy

"Besides wanting to keep a core player around, Phillips' fat new contract also speaks to the lack of quality second basemen around the majors. There just aren't that many good ones." -Ian Casselberry of the Bleacher Report

"It doesn't matter what anyone says, the Cincinnati Reds are no longer a small-market team." -Trent Rosecrans of

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