Some more congratulations are in order for a certain Mr. Phillips:

From The Enquirer:

Brandon Phillips added two nice lines to his resume just as he and the Reds are negotiating a contract extension. He won his first Silver Slugger award tonight after winning his third Gold Glove in four years yesterday.

“Yeah, I’ve got some leverage,” Phillips said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m just happy I’ve had the success. This was a very blessed year.”

The comment about leverage is unsurprising given what we’ve heard from Phillips. He isn’t going to come cheap. Certainly, he had a fantastic year. There’s no doubt, really, that he was the best second baseman in the NL and a bargain at $12M. While one can  understand his desire to have a substantial raise, whether or not the Reds should pay him extra for what he’s already done is another matter entirely. Phillips has become a very important cog on the Reds both in terms of performance and personality. It’s going to be interesting to watch the contract negotiations.

13 Responses

  1. Sultan of Swaff

    Awesome year for my favorite player. This is going to be a delicate negotiation for sure. Since this will be his last big contract, you can’t blame him for wanting market value after the year(s) he had.
    Still, our bigger offseason priorities (pitching!) are more pressing. Let’s take care of those so we can get a better idea of the payroll before approaching BP about an extension.

  2. CP

    All the stars are lining up for WJ to make a huge mistake on BP’s contract.

  3. dn4192

    The Reds are going to have to pay him no matter what, it would be a PR disaster to let him go and the Reds know that and weather some want to admit it, that is part of any negotiation of a key player.

  4. jchiedel

    2nd best second baseman in the NL? Are you assuming Dan Uggla was the best?

    I don’t think there is a debate that BP was the best 2nd baseman in the NL this year. Uggla was awful for 75% of the season while his team was winning. When Uggla found his “groove” and went from .184 to a whopping .233 and hit 36 Homers(impressive), his team fell into one of the biggest collapses ever(and allowed the Cards to win the world series). Not to mention, Uggla’s defense doesn’t hold a candle to Phillips. Plus, Phillips had the same amount of RBI as Uggla with 18 less homers.

    Sorry about my rant, but I think Dan Uggla is beyond overrated.

    Next year can be completely different with a healthy Utley, and if Uggla doesn’t start in a slump. But all things considered, BP needs to be signed to at least a 3-4 year deal.

  5. David

    There are a number of average to above average free agent second basemen this season. Kelly Johnson, Aaron Hill, Mark Ellis, and Michael Cuddyer (who logged 140 innings at second) should help settle the market for FA second basemen.

    Still, if he wants a 4 year $62 million deal, you can count me out. I’d keep Phillips for the year and hope Henry Rodriguez or Billy Hamilton are ready by then.

  6. Sultan of Swaff

    @David: Agreed. If BP is talking Rickie Weeks money (4yrs/$38mil), yes. $45mil would be my ceiling. If it’s Uggla money, pass.

  7. pinson343

    @Sultan of Swaff: The encouraging thing is that – according to Fay – BP is not looking for Uggla money: “He wants something in between Uggla and Weeks.”

    Your ceiling of $45M for 4 years seems reasonable to me, I’d be willing to go a little higher but they should not offer him 5 years.

    I like BP and he has a lot of value to the Reds, I’m sure WJ will make every effort within reason.

  8. al

    I doubt it will happen, but what they should do with Phillips is keep him for this year, with his option picked up, and let him play his heart out for a new contract with someone else.

    Offer arb, get the draft picks, and let someone else pay for his decline.

  9. pinson343

    @pinson343: Fay said during the chat that the Reds are trying to sign BP at $48M for 4 years. That would be Ok with me. Any more money or years, no.

  10. Bill Lack

    I wouldn’t sign for 4 years (which, if I was him, would be the minimum I’d want)…does anyone believe that in 4 years, he’s going to be a $12M (or higher, depending on how the contract is constructed) player? On a team with a payroll in the $80M range, you can’t afford to pay for past performance.