Rumors are just about the only kind of noteworthy topics of discussion this time of year for baseball fans. And the rumors surrounding All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips have run rampant over the past month.
In a recent post, Matt Snyder of CBS Sports took a look at where some of the top trade candidates may land this offseason, and Phillips was among the players included.
Brandon Phillips: From the sounds of things, the Reds are dead set on trading the All-Star second baseman and he's as good as gone. His contract is pretty bad, but Phillips' still has a big reputation as an All-Star second baseman, so the Reds may not have to eat the overwhelming majority of the contract -- just a sizeable chunk. Thus far in the offseason, theBraves and Yankees have been connected to Phillips -- but the latter has to be only as Plan B to losing Robinson Cano, otherwise Phillips is redundant to the Yankees roster.
The Tigers and Orioles are contenders who need a second baseman, too. What about theDodgers? They currently have a hole at second as it appears Cuban defector Alex Guerrero is ticketed for Double-A. Phillips would likely still be under contract when Guerrero is ready to take over, but who knows with prospects? If he does take over and the Dodgers have to bench a large contract in Phillips, it's not like they don't have the money.
It's really fascinating to me to see how quickly and vehemently the Reds are (reportedly) trying to move Phillips. But if they do, let's hope Cincinnati gets more than their fair share in return, because none of the five teams listed above (Braves, Yankees, Tigers, Orioles, Dodgers) are considered to boast a great deal of talented prospects to wager with. Of course, general manager Walt Jocketty will probably want an instant impact player in the deal, too.