There’s a reason Brandon Phillips didn’t make our list of
In fact, Phillips vetoed a trade to the Washington Nationals last offseason after his failing to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. Instead, he hung around another season with the rebuilding Reds, while the Nationals rebounded to sign Daniel Murphy, who came up percentage points short of winning the N.L. batting title.
Now though, it appears Phillips is taking a different approach.
Here’s what we can safely assume: The Reds will explore any possible trade options. That’s because they’re hopeful to save as much of his $13M salary as possible, and also anxious to free up second base to get an extended look at Jose Peraza, who’s a potential future fixture.
Here’s the reality: It’s going to be a tough sell with a player who’s combined to hit 31 home runs the last three seasons after hitting at least 17 in eight straight seasons. He also committed 14 errors, his highest total since 2006, which indicates a player in complete decline. The Reds will try, and his market could be larger than expected, but it will be far from a blockbuster for Cincinnati.
Now, here are some notable news, notes and rumors from around MLB:
MOVING ON: In further evidence the Blue Jays are prepared to move forward without both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, they’ve now expressed interest in right-handed hitting Steve Pearce. The Jays already signed Kendrys Morales to
BULLPEN DEPTH: The Braves have signed veteran reliever Jordan Walden to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He will receive $1M if he’s in the Majors, plus a possible $2M in incentives. [
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