Jocketty Says Phillips Will Be Back

Reds GM Walt Jocketty said second baseman Brandon Phillips will be back next year, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Fay takes that to mean the Reds will pick up Phillips' $12MM option in the least.  The two sides have had preliminary talks on an extension, so it may not come to that.

Phillips is opposed to the idea of the Reds picking up the option.  He told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon earlier this month, "If they just pick my option up and don't extend me, I feel like that's a slap in my face.  If the team wants you, they will make room. They will show you they want you here, period. They did it for some of the other guys.  If they're going to have me for just one year, I feel like they don't see me in the future."

The Reds probably would prefer some kind of backloaded extension, because simply exercising the option would give them limited payroll space for 2012.  Phillips, 30, is hitting .294/.346/.452 with 18 home runs in 648 plate appearances this year with above-average defense at second base.


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  1. That’s what is up!!!!!!!!! We need you back datdudebp!!!!!! Best 2nd baseman in the game today, HANDS DOWN!!!! Hey Jocketty, give Phillips an 8 year contract!! He is the face of the team. Brandon Phillips IS the Cincinnati Reds!!

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      Wow, sounds like you typed that comment with one hand.

    • I thought Votto was the face of the team…?

      • Nicolas Cage Jr. 4 years ago

        Votto is the face of the team, don’t let Danny fool you. Now if we were talking about the Voice of the team… well Brandon Phillips would have that by a mile.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      So, uh, Danny…do you like Brandon Phillips? I can’t really tell. :p

      Seriously, that guy’s got some kinda defense! Every week he’s on Top Plays, I notice, and it’s always something to see.

      One last thing: “datdudebp”?? All I can think of is “…dat dude batting practice (bull pen?)”…
      I give up. Could we get a translation?
      .

      • ctownboy 4 years ago

        Maybe “Danny” IS that dude!?!  Nothing like having different names or aliases so as to make it seem like you have a huge fan base on the internets….

      • William Kafer 4 years ago

        datdudebp is Brandon Phillips’ Twitter handle.

        • Infield Fly 4 years ago

          Thanks (so I guess that’s “dat dude brandon phillips.” Shoulda known. Ha!)!

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        Its Brandon Phillips dumb tweeter name.. bp is for brandon phillips… Hes a pretty cool dude….

    • Best 2B in the game???? Lay the crackpipe down. Might not make the top 5!!!

      • He makes it trust me top 5 easy.

        • Yankees420 4 years ago

          I don’t know about top 5 easy….he hasn’t cracked the top 5 among 2B in WAR (fangraphs) since 2007.  Not that WAR is the end all be all, but its something to go off of, and I’d personally rank him outside the top 5.

  2. RMR 4 years ago

    I read this as “Fransisco Cordero’s option will not be picked up”.

  3. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    I thought for sure Phillips was going to sign with the Cardinals during the off season.

    • ctownboy 4 years ago

      Year in and year out would probably have a better shot at the Play Offs if he did play for them…..

    • Patrick Beliveau 4 years ago

      no need for Phillips…

      Kolten Wong has been solid in A ball this year, and should progress quickly… up at the end of next year for a sniff, and he should be full time 2B by 2013…

      BP wants security… he wont go to the Cards, who wouldnt/shouldnt offer him the length and money he wants.

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        I was being way sarcastic on that comment… Id rather shave my taint with a broken beer bottle than see that egotistical jerk off on the Cardinals.

  4. soxin10 4 years ago

    Will some one please “slap my face” with a 12 million dollar one year deal. If someone wants to give me 12 million for one year, they earned the right to tell me I am not part of their future and I would still bust my backside for the next team to sign me.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Yea, I bet my whole faimly put together hasnt made 12 million in theyre lifes.

  5. If Phillips doesn’t like this option, then why agree to it when his first contract was signed?

    If Phillips performed at replacement level this year, I’m sure he would spin it around and say that not picking up the option is disrespect for a franchise player.

  6. ctownboy 4 years ago

    Based on Scot Rolen and Bronson Arroyo, I can see the Reds’ “brain trust” reworking both Phillips and Cordero’s contracts and giving them both extensions.  As soon as they do, both of their performances will then go directly in the toilet and the Reds will be stuck with them.

    If the Reds want to improve the performance on the field and save money they should get rid of Bill Bavasi and Cam Bonifay from the Front Office and George Grande and Jeff Brantley from the announcing booth.

    Bavasi was one of the worst GM’s in all of professional sports when he was with the Mariners and Bonifay was the GM for the Pirates during the middle portion of their now 19 year losing streak.

    As far as Grande and Brantley go, Grande sugar coats everything so much and says everybody is the “best” so often that I get high blood sugar just from listening to him. Brantley? I could care less how much ice cream and ribs he ate the night before, I don’t care for his exaggerated southern drawl (he can speak quite clearly but uses the drawl as a prop) and if I had a nickel for every time he starts a sentence with either “I think” or “I believe”, I could retire.

    Use the money saved from employing these clowns and put it towards a better product on the field.

  7. Always gotta complain about something but seriously, hes disappointed that hes going to get $12 million next year?

    I guess he just wishes he got paid per tweet. if that were the case the dude would be a billionaire, always running his mouth

  8. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Picking up a 12 million dollar option for one year and calling it a slap in the face = Phillips is all in it for the money so Reds fans I wouldnt praise and get to comfortable with him. Be prepared to watch him walk if/when he hits free agency.

    • nathanalext 4 years ago

      This isn’t the first time Mark Sheldon has had bad things to say about B.P. It’s almost like the writers got together and decided they don’t like him and they’d do anything to bring him down a notch or to make him look bad. How do you think he got in that whole fight with the Cards in the first place? (He was talking to a writer when he said those comments). So, I wouldn’t be surprised if what Sheldon was saying was an over-reaction. Phillips knows that most teams don’t discuss contracts in the middle of the season.

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        Ah the point is he still said it and to the press of all people… what did he expect? 

        BTW my above comment just got validated when MLBTR just posted “Phillips wont take a hometown discount”

        Who can blame him, the Reds aren’t exactly contenders .

        • nathanalext 4 years ago

          True. But, I still don’t think he’s as bad as he’s portrayed. He came to Cincinnati with a reputation, and some people want to keep that up. I don’t know if it’s just him trying to stir up s**t or the writers. 

  9. ctownboy 4 years ago

    Phillips should hope the Reds only do pick up his option and NOT extend his contract.  That way, when the Reds have a losing record at the July, 2012 trading deadline, a winning team can trade for him.

  10. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Yes they do.. every team has a few.. but none more than Phillips. They guy is completely full of himself. Hes a great ballplayer but needs to keep his mouth shut 

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