The Cincinnati Reds have offered second baseman Brandon Phillips a five-year contract worth between an estimated $62.5-65 million, a source has told Jim Bowden of ESPN.
According to a Reds source...the Reds have offered Brandon Phillips a five-year contract in the "neigborhood" of$62.5 -$65 million dollars— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) April 5, 2012
Rumors surfaced a few weeks ago that the 30-year-old Phillips was in possible extension talks with Reds management, but discussions were sidetracked when Joey Votto signed his ten year extension.
Phillips, who is coming to the end of a five-year $38 million deal with the club, would become the highest-paid second baseman in baseball if the new contract is within the reported dollar range.
Dan Uggla currently has the biggest contract for a second baseman at five years, $62 million.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that he hopes to come to an agreement with Phillips "in the next week or so".
Phillips has hit .280/.331/.449 and won three Gold Gloves in six years with the Reds.