Thursday, November 7, 2013

MLB executive on Brandon Phillips: 'He's gone'


While the actuality of Brandon Phillips being traded this offseason seems small, one MLB executive seems to be convinced that Phillips is good as gone, and revealed his sentiment to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan in a recent column by the latter.

Here is the excerpt that pertains to Phillips:

With $50 million freed up from an upcoming Brandon Phillips trade – "He's gone," one executive said Tuesday – and the departure of Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds have a decent amount of payroll flexibility, even if they extend Homer BaileyJohnny Cueto or Mat Latos, all of whom will hit free agency within the next two years. While the Reds control Bruce through 2017 with three guaranteed years at $34.5 million and a team option for $13 million, the prospect of a pre-emptive extension isn't far-fetched, not when it's precedent for players with premium skills.

Passan goes on to write about the pros and cons of giving Bruce a lucrative extension. But the most interesting thing about this tidbit is the fact that he so powerfully assumes that Phillips will be dealt. And he seems to make the bold claim without even blinking an eye. 

Phillips could very well be traded this offseason, but I for one don't believe it is a foregone conclusion just yet, because as much as the Reds may or may not want to move him, there still has to be another team willing to take him, in addition to fulfilling Cincinnati's "steep" demands in return.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

IF THE REDS TRADE BP THEY WILL BE DOWNSIZES.IF ITS MONEY LOOK AT VOTTO.PEOPLE COME TO WATCH BP NOT VOTTO

goob pyle said...

Dat-Goob-Bp"Phillips",is a hotdog.he's all about show"just ask him".he can't hit a ball out of the infield"check his stats".has been picked off on the base paths more than anyone on the team.he sucks!! trade his ass if they can.

wiley manning said...

I think he should go. We don't need all the hotdoging. His foul mouth needs an attitude change. The Reds need an attitude change, starting with Phillips. I didn't like what he said about Cincinnati Enquires sport writer in public. we'll be better off without him. See you later hotdog.

Dennis Ladow said...

Sorry guys,ff but I say keep Brandon. I don't care what he said to or about a reporter, some of them deserve it. I think it goes much deeper than that. I think some of the players were not putting out their 100 percent toward the end of the year in a pennant race (Baker being one of them) and he carried his pride on his shoulders. I have been watching the Cincinnati Reds going all the way back to the 1950 and I have seen a lot 2b go though the reds system and Brandon has been the best diencive 2b they have ever had. Ya so he's a hot dog but he draws a crowd and works hard at what he does. For the poor performance the reds showed this winter in trying to pick up a good player they need Phillips more than ever. At this point in time with what they have on the roster you will not see any playoffs this year.

Marcus said...

Well, I believe the Reds will trade Phillips before the trade deadline because the pennant is a wash. The owners by their unwillingness to sign a bonifide rt handed hammer, something I've been yelling since Greg Vaugn, will never ever make the big dance. B.P. does in fact needs to talk less and continue to play hard, something that most of the Reds can't seem to do (play hard). B.P. gives 110% all of the time and ppl keep running their mouths. I say the heck with the Reds, after being a fan since the 70's I'm dropping them. I'll only tune in as long as B.P. is playing, other than that they're done. I predicted last year that they Reds will finish below .500...I stand my my prediction....watch...and comment around July 31.

Marcus said...

I agree Dennis, Brandon is the best 2nd basemen the Reds have ever had defensively and the best I've ever seen. I've been following the Reds since the 70's.
Keep the fork in the Reds, they're done. The owners unwillingess to sign a bonifide right handed hammer, something I've been yelling since Greg Vaugn, the Reds will never make the big dance. Rt handed hammers hit rt handed pitching better than left handed hammers hit left handed pitching...check the record. Apparerntly the onwership believes that Dusty is the reason, that's why they haven't moved. Dusty did make some strange moves and I agree that they needed to make a move but that isn't the only move. I predicted last year after they fired Dusty and made no moves that the Reds would be a sub .500 team in 2014...and I stand by my bold prediction. If the Reds do not sign a right handed hammer another season is a wash...I hope I'm wrong but I don't believe that I am...