Re: Is It Time To Lock Up Brandon Phillips Long Term?
Right now he is locked up long term as the Reds control him for multiple years to come. It's the the time to do the dance of joy because he's in the sector of the market where players absolutely are underpaid for their level of production. This is what allows the team to overpay for production in the other sector of the market-free agency.
IMHO, the Reds need to parlay this advantage into a FA signing that improves them this offseason. If Phillips proves to be a consistent high level performer, they should consider pulling a Hafner with about 1.5 years of service time left (i.e. which means getting a discount by simply paying him what his production is worth rather than what the market will bear).
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