Brandon Phillips isn't scheduled to appear at Redsfest this year and he may not appear in a Reds uniform next season, either.
Sources tell Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM that the Reds plan to trade their All-Star second basemen sometime before the conclusion of the MLB Winter Meetings. The annual event is set to take place Dec. 9-12 in Orlando.
Rumblings involving a potential trade of Phillips have been widespread this offseason. The boisterous veteran ruffled some feathers around the front office this summer when he made some disparaging comments regarding his contract. That fact, in addition to his declining performance, and the $50 million left on his contract has apparently given the club enough reason to explore the possibility of trading him.
If Bowden, who served as the team's general manager from 1992 to 2003, is correct, Phillips' days in the Queen City are over after eight mostly productive and mostly endearing seasons. However, as it stands now, this report by Bowden could be purely speculative, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Reds actually pull the trigger on a trade that sends the beloved fan favorite packing.