Re: Is It Time To Lock Up Brandon Phillips Long Term?
Yes, but not right now. Brandon may be willing to take a discount since he has stated many times that he would love to finish his career in Cincinnati. But like others have said, I would ride that service time and wait a little while longer before locking him up long-term.
How great has Brandon been this year? His defense has been down right goldglove caliber while his offense has been just as good. He has already surpassed his homerun total from a year ago, and is looking like he could reach 30 homers/30 stolen bases (currently on pace for 33 homers and 29 stolen bases). He could stand to take a few more walks but I think that will come as he gets older.