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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29 Comments on "Jocketty Says Phillips Will Be Back"


3 years 11 months ago

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
3 years 11 months ago

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

3 years 11 months ago

I thought Votto was the face of the team…?

Nicolas Cage Jr.
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months 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?
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ctownboy
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months ago

datdudebp is Brandon Phillips’ Twitter handle.

Infield Fly
3 years 11 months ago

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

The_BiRDS
3 years 11 months ago

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

3 years 11 months ago

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

3 years 11 months ago

He makes it trust me top 5 easy.

Yankees420
3 years 11 months 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.

RMR
3 years 11 months ago

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

The_BiRDS
3 years 11 months ago

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

ctownboy
3 years 11 months ago

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

The_BiRDS
3 years 11 months ago

and that makes absolutely no sense.

Patrick Beliveau
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months 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.

soxin10
3 years 11 months 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.

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

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

3 years 11 months ago

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.

ctownboy
3 years 11 months 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.

3 years 11 months ago

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

The_BiRDS
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months 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. 

ctownboy
3 years 11 months 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.

The_BiRDS
3 years 11 months 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