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OnBaseMachine
03-08-2007, 09:44 PM
Notes: Reds renew Phillips' contract
Club also signs four pitchers to one-year deals
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Reds finalized their five remaining contracts for 2007 on Thursday, with one transaction standing out.

While pitchers Todd Coffey, Matt Belisle, Gary Majewski and Bobby Livingston agreed to one-year contracts with the club, second baseman Brandon Phillips was renewed to a one-year deal. Phillips will make $407,500 this season.

"There are no hard feelings on either side," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "It was an honest difference of opinion. He respects our position. We respect his."

Players with less than three years of service time have little leverage in negotiations and must accept a club's offer if they are not able to agree on terms for a contract. The situation can often create acrimony between the two sides, but there appeared to be none in this case.

"I'm good," Phillips said. "I've got a job. I'm happy with everything that's going on."

Reds assistant GM Bob Miller and scouting coordinator Nick Krall handled the negotiations for the players with less than three years of service time. The club tries to line up the salaries so the players with the best year get rewarded the most.

"We spend a lot of time on the zero to threes," Krivsky said. "It's important that the guys know they're being treated fairly, at least within our structure on our team."

After his top prospect status with the Indians faded, Phillips was designated for assignment at the end of Spring Training last year. The Reds acquired him on April 7, which allowed Phillips to resurrect his career. In a breakout season, the 25-year-old batted .276 with 17 home runs, 75 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 149 games.

Phillips, who has logged two years of big league service, will be eligible for salary arbitration next season -- and a likely much bigger payday in his next contract.

"I'm not upset at all. I still want to finish my career here," Phillips said. "I want to be a Red. I want to get a long-term contract and just stay here for the rest of my career. I love Wayne. I love Jerry [Narron]. I don't want to go anywhere else."

Through six games this spring, Phillips is batting .353 (6-for-17) with three home runs and six RBIs. He was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Thursday.

Harang starts: Reds starter Aaron Harang had another lackluster outing in his second start of the spring. Harang gave up four earned runs and seven hits, including a pair of home runs, in three innings of work. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out one.

"I felt good. I still felt like I was trying to overthrow," Harang said. "I tried to do too much I think instead of throwing them down and executing my pitches. The ball gets flat and doesn't have the movement I want.

"I guess it's better to give up all of the homers down here and then go north and not give up any."

In his previous start on Saturday against the Twins, Harang gave up one earned run and five hits in two innings.

Opening Day plans: Pregame festivities for Opening Day on April 2 against the Cubs were released on Thursday. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Recording artist Gia Farrell will sing the national anthem, with a flyover from four F-16 jets from the 178th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard based in Springfield, Ohio.

Former Reds star outfielder Eric Davis will be the grand marshal of the 88th Findlay Market Parade. The team's newest mascot, Mr. Redlegs, will also be introduced to the public.

No smoking: The Reds announced Thursday that Great American Ball Park has been designated a non-smoking facility. On Nov. 7, 2006, Ohio voters passed legislation that bans smoking in public facilities and places of employment. Fans will not be permitted to smoke inside Great American Ball Park, and will not be permitted to exit and re-enter to smoke.

Cash cow? Phillips' 2007 salary didn't come close to Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who also had his contract renewed this spring. Howard, the reigning National League MVP, will earn $900,000 this season.

"If we have somebody that has the kind of year [Howard] had, I'll tell you what, I'll sell my kids to make sure he gets it," Narron joked.

Coming up: Bronson Arroyo will make his first Grapefruit League start when the Reds host the Indians on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium. Top prospect Homer Bailey is also scheduled to see action. Adam Miller is slated to start for Cleveland.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070308&content_id=1833745&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Gainesville Red
03-08-2007, 09:51 PM
I'm glad they resigned Gary Majewski. I was worrying so much I was having trouble sleeping at night.

Highlifeman21
03-08-2007, 10:39 PM
Someone needs to get Phillips' head examined if he loves Jerry Narron

Reds1
03-08-2007, 11:09 PM
NIce comments. True class by Phillips. They said he was a cancer type guy, but he's been awesome. Real Reds has really showed the fun loving guy he is. I like this team a lot. I think we'll compete. It comes down to pitching.

Caveat Emperor
03-08-2007, 11:18 PM
Someone needs to get Phillips' head examined if he loves Jerry Narron

Why?

Although people on here might quibble over the lineup choices of Narron or his managing of pitchers or the bullpen, is it really all that hard to believe that the players he manages like and respect him?

I imagine Narron will always occupy a high place in BP's mind, if for no other reason than he's the guy (along w/ Krivsky) that gave him his first everyday job in the bigs.

OnBaseMachine
03-08-2007, 11:36 PM
Narron seems like the nicest guy in the world, for what reason should Phillips hate him?

Wheelhouse
03-08-2007, 11:53 PM
Narron is a real ballplayer's manager. He does really care about his players. I could do with a bit less futzing with the lineup, but he seems to get a lot out of his players. We could do (and have done) worse.

pedro
03-08-2007, 11:57 PM
Someone needs to get Phillips' head examined if he loves Jerry Narron

That makes no sense to me.

paulrichjr
03-09-2007, 12:06 AM
Someone needs to get Phillips' head examined if he loves Jerry Narron

I 100% disagree with this comment. I hated some of his moves last year and felt that some of his bullpen moves cost us at least a game here and there but after meeting him at RedsFest and hearing him speak he really grew on me quick. The man knows baseball and seems to be a very likeable guy.

(I like others ain't happy with some of his lineups but I feel this post went a little too far)

redsrule2500
03-09-2007, 12:40 PM
Someone needs to get Phillips' head examined if he loves Jerry Narron

Are you serious? Dude, this is the reason I actually like Narron...the team seems to respect and like the guy. He might not make the best "baseball" decisions every time, but I think chemistry that he creates is just as important. Obviously Miley never had that, and you definitely need it to create a winning team.

Chip R
03-09-2007, 01:55 PM
Are you serious? Dude, this is the reason I actually like Narron...the team seems to respect and like the guy. He might not make the best "baseball" decisions every time, but I think chemistry that he creates is just as important. Obviously Miley never had that, and you definitely need it to create a winning team.

Now if someone could just send him away once the game starts we'll be all right. ;)

Johnny Footstool
03-09-2007, 05:27 PM
Are you serious? Dude, this is the reason I actually like Narron...the team seems to respect and like the guy. He might not make the best "baseball" decisions every time, but I think chemistry that he creates is just as important. Obviously Miley never had that, and you definitely need it to create a winning team.

Narron's career winning percentage as a manager is .473.

registerthis
03-09-2007, 05:37 PM
Narron's career winning percentage as a manager is .473.

So he sucks as a manager.

Doesn't mean he can't be loved by the guys who play for him.

pedro
03-09-2007, 06:09 PM
Narron's career winning percentage as a manager is .473.

I'm sure we've all had some ineffective bosses that we liked a lot. I know I have.

M2
03-09-2007, 06:31 PM
Narron is a real ballplayer's manager. He does really care about his players. I could do with a bit less futzing with the lineup, but he seems to get a lot out of his players. We could do (and have done) worse.

Certainly Narron's strength to date has been getting his players ready to perform. His weakness is deployment. I think the latter undermined the former, at least offensively speaking, late last year. He put too many guys in bad positions and a whole pile of them got out of kilter.

Phillips was one of those players, though Brandon's statement about Narron does speak to Narron's personal abilities. I value that. It was Jack McKeon's strength too. His teams showed up ready to play. It will be interesting to see if Narron's done any personal accounting on his performance last year and whether he's gleaned anything there.

StillFunkyB
03-09-2007, 06:50 PM
I'm sure we've all had some ineffective bosses that we liked a lot. I know I have.

You know, alot of times it's those "ineffective" ones we like the most.

Caveat Emperor
03-09-2007, 09:02 PM
Narron's career winning percentage as a manager is .473.

Not bad for a guy that was pretty much forced to send garbage out to the mound in 60% of the games he managed last year.

RANDY IN INDY
03-10-2007, 07:22 AM
Like Phillips, I like Jerry Narron, too.

Johnny Footstool
03-10-2007, 11:20 PM
You know, alot of times it's those "ineffective" ones we like the most.

Yeah, it's fun working for them. But it's usually short-lived, because productivity goes down and they get fired.

I'm glad the players like Narron, but given a choice, I'd much rather have grumpy players who can win ballgames.


Not bad for a guy that was pretty much forced to send garbage out to the mound in 60% of the games he managed last year.

He might have had garbage, but a decent manager knows how to maximize whatever garbage he is saddled with. Narron consistently left Milton (a 5-inning pitcher) in games too long, trying to squeeze one more inning out of him. And what he did to Ramirez is nearly unforgivable.

Falls City Beer
03-10-2007, 11:29 PM
Yeah, it's fun working for them. But it's usually short-lived, because productivity goes down and they get fired.

I'm glad the players like Narron, but given a choice, I'd much rather have grumpy players who can win ballgames.

Indeed. Narron consistently seems in over his head in late-game situations. Nothing ever seems the logical outgrowth of forethought or scheme with him. With McKeon, for instance, you knew what you were going to get, right or wrong; with Jerry, it's like a chimp playing chess--maybe he'll get checkmate or maybe he'll throw poop at his opponent.

I'm sure Jerry's a supernice guy, but I sincerely doubt he's all that respected by the team, in the way, say, Larkin was respected by his teammates.

Johnny Footstool
03-12-2007, 11:00 AM
... with Jerry, it's like a chimp playing chess--maybe he'll get checkmate or maybe he'll throw poop at his opponent.

I would buy a Narron jersey and wear it every day for a year if he did that.

KronoRed
03-12-2007, 01:57 PM
That's quote worthy FCB, good work :lol:

luvdozer
03-12-2007, 04:14 PM
The Narron-loving-head-examination issue aside, it is really nice to hear BP taking about wanting to stay with the Reds. Perhaps its just PR, but its still nice.

I agree that BP seems like a fun\happy guy. Does anyone know anymore details about the basis for his bad reputation in cleveland? I remember that he was labeled a bit of a malcontent but i dont remember any of the reasons.

wheels
03-12-2007, 07:35 PM
They didn't like him because he jokingly had batting gloves with "The Franchise" printed on them.

From all the things I've heard, the irony was lost on the powers that were in Cleveland.

I'm sure he did a lot of what most immature young guys do from time to time.

Much to our pleasure (and the chagrin of Cleveland fans), he seems to have grown up without losing his childlike love and passion for the game.

I love players like him.

As far as his comments about Narron....I can see why players like playing for him, lineups and results notwithstanding. Sometimes being a player's manager is good thing, sometimes it isn't.

Ltlabner
03-14-2007, 04:46 PM
The thing that stands out to me most about Philips? He's the player I see out signing autographs along the 1b line most often. At least, he was out signing the most often (and the longest each time) at the 21 games I was at last year.

Doesn't mean squat on the field. Off the field it says a whole lot about the man.

reds44
03-14-2007, 11:15 PM
I'll never forget talking to Brandon at Wrigley a few days after we traded for him last year. He was walking into the dugout, and I yelled "Hey Brandon", and he was like "Your the first person this week that's known my name." We laughed and I asked him for his autograph and he told me he would after he hit (in batting practice). Well after he hit not only did he sign my baseball, he gave me his batting gloves and talked to me for a few minutes about what was a Reds fan doing in Chicago and things like that.

He's an awesome guy.