CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds makes the underhanded toss to first base during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 16, 2011 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers defeated the Reds 6-3. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
John Fay from the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the agent for Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips met with Reds upper management today, leading to some speculation of the Reds extending their star second baseman.
The General Manager of the Reds, Walt Jocketty, would not comment on the possibility of an extension for Phillips. He has not spoken with Phillips or his agent about an extension since the Winter Meetings, so the fact that they are talking is a step in the right direction.
When asked about an extension, Phillips said he wasn't sure what was going on and to ask Jocketty. It was noted that Phillips was very upbeat this morning, maybe as a hint that the contract negotiations are going well. The Reds did pick up the $12.5 million team option for Phillips this off season before the Winter Meetings, when their extension talks began to stall.