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Brandon Phillips | Second Baseman | #4

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that there have been no recent trade discussions regarding Brandon Phillips and the club is preparing to enter the season with him entrenched as the starting second baseman.
That's bad news for Jose Peraza, who is believed to be ready to handle a regular role at the big league level but has no position to play with Phillips blocking his path. The 35-year-old Phillips has twice vetoed trades this offseason that would have sent him elsewhere, and it seems his desire is to remain in Cincinnati for the remaining two years on his contract. He is still owed $27 million from the rebuilding club. Jan 31 - 5:26 PM

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Date:'s Mark Sheldon reports that the potential trade sending Brandon Phillips to the Nationals "appears unlikely" but is "not officially dead."

Sheldon is basing this on the possibility that Phillips could change his mind, but that seems very unlikely, especially with the Nats already pursuing other second base options. The report adds that Phillips sought a "significant benefit" in exchange for waiving his no-trade rights, "which could mean an extension, some sort of added money or both." Phillips, 34, is owed $27 million over the next two seasons.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are moving on from acquiring Brandon Phillips from the Reds and are pursuing other options.

Just yesterday, William Ladson of had reported that there was an "85-90 percent" chance that Phillips would waive his no-trade clause to head to Washington, but it appears that maybe the veteran infielder has had a change of heart. Rosenthal also notes that Howie Kendrick could be an alternative option for the Nationals.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 01:45:00 PM's Williams Ladson reports that there is an "85-90 percent" chance that Brandon Phillips will waive his no-trade rights in order to approve a deal to the Nationals.

Phillips has 10-and-5 rights that allow him to block a deal anywhere, but you had to figure he was likely to waive them in order to be reunited with former manager Dusty Baker. Ladson also adds that while it's unclear which player(s) the Reds will receive in the deal, the Nats' top prospects "are not in the picture." Phillips is owed $27 million over the next two seasons and is expected to receive some sort of incentive as part of agreeing to waive his no-trade protection.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:47:00 PM

The Reds have agreed to a deal to send Brandon Phillips to the Nationals, but the Nationals continue to negotiate with Phillips on waiving his no-trade clause, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal said Phillips, who lives year-round in Cincinnati and accepted deferrals to sign a long-term contract with the Reds, would require "financial adjustment" to agree to a move to the Nats. For what it's worth, Phillips himself sent out a tweet suggesting he was flying to Washington, D.C., likely to meet with the team regarding a potential deal. It seems as though this one will get done eventually.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 10:24:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are discussing a trade with the Reds involving Brandon Phillips.

It's unclear what the Nats might send to the Reds in a potential deal, but it probably wouldn't be much since Phillips is owed $27 million over the next two seasons. The second baseman has 10-and-5 rights, so he would have to approve any trade and it's unclear at this point whether he'd be willing to do so. Phillips, who will turn 35 next June, would be reunited with former manager Dusty Baker in Washington. The veteran infielder hit .294/.328/.395 with 12 homers, 70 RBI and 23 steals for Cincinnati last season.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 08:17:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have spoken to the Reds again about Brandon Phillips.

The two teams had discussions about Phillips in early November, and now the D'Backs are revisiting the possibility after loading up on starting pitching (see: Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller) at the Winter Meetings. Phillips would probably be more inclined to waive his no-trade rights at this point to head to Arizona. The veteran second baseman batted .294/.328/.395 with 12 homers and 70 RBI for the Reds in 2015. He is owed $27 million over the next two seasons.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:45:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds and Diamondbacks have discussed a trade involving Brandon Phillips and Aaron Hill.

Trade talks are not considered serious and Phillips (who has 10-and-5 rights) would have to sign off on a trade. Rosenthal writes that getting his approval would "likely be difficult," as he's happy in Cincinnati. However, his opinion could change if the team shifts to a serious rebuild. Phillips, 34, is owed $27 million over the next seasons while Hill will make $12 million in 2016. Money might have to be included in a potential deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 01:43:00 PM

Brandon Phillips is back in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Phillips was given consecutive days off Monday and Tuesday, but that was mostly about routine rest. He is batting third on Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Brandon Phillips is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

Phillips was also out of the lineup on Monday, but there hasn't been any word of an injury. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. will start at second base again Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 12:40:00 PM

Brandon Phillips is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Nationals.

It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran second baseman. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will fill in and bat second versus Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, but the Reds dropped Monday's contest to the Cardinals.

Phillips opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning, but it would prove to be the Reds' only run on the evening. The second baseman has registered five three-hit games in 19 September contests thus far. Overall, he's batting .296/.332/.399 with 12 home runs and 66 RBI.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Brandon Phillips is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day of rest. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. will fill in for Phillips at second base.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 10:19:00 AM

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Reds took down the Brewers on Sunday.

Phillips made it a 3-0 game in the third inning, driving a Jimmy Nelson offering over the fence in left field. The last month and a half has been a boon to the veteran's numbers, as he's batting .359 (51-for-142) with six home runs since July 30. Overall, Phillips has a .296/.333/.398 triple-slash line with 11 home runs and 55 RBI.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 04:29:00 PM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with two singles in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

In addition to the two singles, Phillips also swiped his 18th base of the season. He's offered a dependable, if unspectacular, bat when healthy and is hitting .287/.322/.387 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. His days as a 20-homer second baseman appear to be behind him.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 01:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Ramon Cabrera
4Jordan Pacheco
1B1Joey Votto
2Brandon Allen
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jose Peraza
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3Carlos Triunfel
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Scott Schebler
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
3Jake Cave
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4Brandon Finnegan
5John Lamb
6Michael Lorenzen
7Keyvius Sampson
8Jon Moscot
9Salvatore Romano
Relief Pitcher
R1JJ Hoover
2Jumbo Diaz
3Tony Cingrani
4Caleb Cotham
5Blake Wood
6Carlos Contreras
7Stephen Johnson
8Chris O'Grady
9Dayan Diaz
10J.C. Ramirez
11Ryan Mattheus
12A.J. Morris
13Pedro Villarreal