Monday, February 24, 2014

Brandon Phillips: My goal is to retire a Red

Despite taking a vow of silence with the media this spring, Brandon Phillips made an exception with Jon Danneman of FOX19 to discuss offseason trade rumors among other topics.

Phillips said he never realized how important the business side of baseball was until his name was being tossed around the rumor mill during the winter.

"I feel like I did everything for this organization that they asked me to do," the Reds second basemen said.

"If they feel like they can do better without me than good luck with that," Phillips added with a grin.

Despite reports to the contrary, Phillips said any animosity between him and the organization have been squashed moving forward. And team owner Bob Castellini seemed to have vouched for that fact by praising the 32-year-old's work ethic and ability in this clip from FOX19.

But teammate Jay Bruce may have said it best when it comes to having Phillips around:"Bottom line at the end of the day is that he makes this team better."

In eight seasons as a Red, Phillips owns a .277/.327/.440 slash line with 160 home runs and 666 RBI. He has won four Gold Glove Awards and one Silver Slugger Award while earning three All-Star Game appearances. The Georgia native is signed through the next four years at a cost of $52 million overall.

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