Mar 31, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) runs to the dugout after the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
With Joey Votto nearing a massive contract extension, it appears unlikely the Reds will have the money to sign Cincinnati second basemen Brandon Phillips long-term. The Votto extension could make him the fourth player to sign a $200MM deal, leaving little room for the small market Reds to extend their star second basemen.
Phillips, 30, debuted with the Reds in 2002 but battled injuries his first four years. However, from 2006-2011, Phillips has played at least 140 games every season. He hit .300/.353/.457 in 150 games in 2011. He also won his first silver slugger and third Gold Glove last season, and based on fielding metrics, fully deserved it.
Phillips signed a four-year, $27MM deal in February 2008, and was extended for $12MM for 2012. Phillips is likely looking for a yearly raise on a four or five year deal. He is one of the most outspoken players in baseball and a fan favorite in Cincinnati.