No, we’re not giving up on Brandon Phillips. He’s doing a good job for the Reds. But Rob Neyer (Insider only) takes a look today at the Cleveland Indians, and how and why they gave up on Phillips, too soon. The Reds were certainly the beneficiary of that decision.

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11 Responses

  1. Phill

    booo insider.

    Hooray free information!

  2. Y-City Jim

    From my perspective, the Indians saw Phillips as this top-of-the-order hitter. To their credit, the Reds realized that Phillips was more of a middle-of-the-order hitter.

  3. doug

    Phillips is a middle of the order kind of guy…. if a lefty is on the mound. If a righty is on the mound, he is more of a #6/7 type of hitter. If I am building a team, a guy with dramatic splits wouldn’t sniff the 3/4 spots in the lineup.

  4. Y-City Jim

    But in Cleveland they were putting him in the 1 and 2 spots, which is why he failed to live up to their expectations.

  5. Sultan of Swaff

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that he should be playing SS? His range is phenomenal–whether that translates to more saved runs at second or short is debateable. Can anyone quantify that (meaning, is range factor more important at one position over the other)? It just seems like a natural fit, whereas Hairston or Kepp seem like natural second basemen masquerading as shortstops.

  6. Y-City Jim

    I don’t know. He just seems custom made for 2B.

  7. Tom

    He should definitely be at SS as far as I’m concerned. I’d love to hear a reputable scout talk defensive skills between Phillips and Keppinger and who belongs where as far as 2B/SS is concerned. I’m also sick to death of hearing how moving Phillips back to his original position would mess with his china doll psyche or how we would suffer during his transitions back. Like this team is going anywhere this season. The least they could do is start getting everyone that is sticking around to where they should actually be positioned.

  8. Relient k car

    well he said this season with the plague of reds short stops that he wont play there this year

  9. brublejr

    I found this interesting from SI:

    NL GM of the Year Award
    1. Jim Hendry, Cubs. I’m tempted to pick Wayne Krivsky, who turned a Rule V draft first into Hamilton, and then Volquez. But since Krivsky got fired 21 games into the season, Hendry is the choice as it looks like he’s formed the best team in the NL.
    2. Pat Gillick, Phillies — Trade for Brad Lidge was huge. Now he could use one more starter.

    3. John Mozeliak, Cardinals — Spring pickup of Kyle Lohse for $4 million may have been the best free-agent signing.

    Ed Wade Award (worst NL GM)
    Jim Bowden, Nationals. I’d love to give it Wade himself, but I feel sorry for him after Chacon’s takedown. Let’s face it, Bowden’s constructed a team that has one, maybe two, legit starting position players.

  10. NickP

    He’s tempted to pick Krivsky for ONE decision!? One decision that is starting to look pretty bad now? Great.