Add Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as another member of the baseball media who expects the Reds to part ways with enigmatic second basemen Brandon Phillips.
Among the many things he wrote from his post on Thursday, Rosenthal touted Phillips as "a goner," and said the Reds may even try to trade Homer Bailey, too. This is the second time in a week that a national writer has said with such certainty that Phillips will be dealt. Of course, Rosenthal says the reason Cincinnati may desire to move both is to make necessary payroll room in an attempt to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo, which still seems like an extreme stretch at this point.
Nonetheless, Bailey is about to earn a huge bump in salary through arbitration this winter (he made $5.25 million in 2013), and he is also slated to hit free agency after next season, so the idea of trading him probably isn't the worst. And if the Reds can't re-sign Choo, the center field duties will likely fall to fleet-footed prospect Billy Hamilton, unless general manager Walt Jocketty finds a thrifty veteran option this offseason, instead.
As you can see, there are clearly a lot of dominoes yet to fall between now and spring training, which means it is definitely shaping up to be a much more active offseason for the Reds than one year ago.