Friday, June 17, 2011

Cincinnati Reds: Brandon Phillips says "It’s going to be hard to keep me here"

On May 13, I proposed that the Reds sign Brandon Phillips (check out the picture of him in a White Sox hat) to a long term deal. Here are what other second basemen are making:

Dan Uggla, 5 years, $62 million
Rickie Weeks, 4 years, $38.5 million
Chase Utley, 7 years, $85 milion
Robinson Cano, 4 years, $30 million
Dustin Pedroia, 6 years, $40.5 million
Ian Kinsler, 5 years, $22 million
Orlando Hudson, 2 years, $11.5 million

Based on this, BP should not expect more than $12 million a year. Keep in mind that middle infielders do not age well (BP is 30). On top of that, the Reds have a prospect who plays second base and looks like the real deal (Billy Hamilton).

Here is a quote from Phillips on this topic:

Phillips on staying in Cincinnati: “It’s going to be hard to keep me here … I’m not trying to break the bank. I’m just trying to be fair. I don’t want Jayson Werth money or CC Sabathia money.”

Read the rest here.

In summary, if BP suits up for another team, it won't be the end of the world. His decline is 2 or 3 years away and Hamilton is nearly ready.

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