It’s another slow news day for the Nation as Walt Jocketty works his behind-the-scenes magic. Here are a couple items for discussion: Homer Bailey has earned a $4 million raise, give or take $100,000 or two. Matt Schwartz at MLBTR analyzes Homer’s situation and explains that Bailey’s arbitration-based salary will be in the zip-code of […]

Is there room for more than one BP in the Queen City? In the latest edition of the podcast, Joel Luckhaupt and I discuss the new manager — Bryan Price — and the possibly-outgoing second baseman — Brandon Phillips. What is shaping up to be a very interesting offseason has begun. You can listen with […]

Prepare yourself for Brandon Phillips being traded this off-season. The writing is on the clubhouse wall. And in Cincinnati Magazine. The on-field case for moving the Reds’ second baseman is fairly straightforward. Declining, though still above-average skills. $50 million better spent elsewhere. When the trade takes place, rest assured that baseball factors will be the […]

It’s been reported that the Reds have met with Brandon Phillips’ agent this week to further discuss a contract extension. Phillips talked with the Enquirer last week on this subject: “You want to be paid better than players you think you’re better than,” says Phillips. “I feel like I’m top three among second basemen in […]

Nice: The 2011 Sporting News All-Star teams were revealed on Thursday, with one member of the Reds making the cut. Second baseman Brandon Phillips was named to the NL squad by the magazine after a vote by 55 front offices members from around the big leagues. Phillips is a first-time honoree on the Sporting News […]

In this case, I’m talking about Brandon Phillips. As we all know, he’s got an option year left on his contact for $12M. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Reds will pick up that option. Walt Jocketty has said that Phillips will be back. Of course, Brandon has been complaining for weeks that the team […]

This video of Brandon Phillips cracking a joke at Mike Leake’s expense is pretty funny. You gotta love BP. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the […]

Brandon Phillips didn’t play all weekend, and he doesn’t seem to be very happy about it: All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips is a gamer who hates sitting on the bench. Sunday, Phillips missed a third consecutive game because of a groin injury. Phillips had hoped to be back by now. “Ask Dusty,” Phillips said, declining […]

It’s quite clear that Brandon Phillips has not been right since being hit on the hand with a pitch on August 25, out in San Francisco. This morning, I wondered how bad it has been. The answer: worse than I thought. In the 19 games since the hand injury, Phillips is batting a robust .132/.203/.147. […]

Every single thing Brandon Phillips said about the Cardinals is true. The WLB’s just can’t help themselves. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 3 New York (NL) 1 WP: Arroyo (9-4) LP: Niese (6-3) S: Cordero (24) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –I enjoy watching Bronson Arroyo pitch more than anyone in baseball. Tonight, he went 8 innings, giving up just the one run on seven hits, striking out three and walking none. […]

From today’s Enquirer: Brandon Phillips has been tearing up opposing teams’ pitching for nearly two months and entered Saturday’s game against Cleveland leading the National League in runs scored with 56. Phillips was hitting .371 in June after a .316 performance in May and was second in the NL with 91 hits. “To tell the […]