Originally Posted by edabbs44
I wouldn't be actively shopping him, but I wouldn't be turning away anyone who asks. There should be a price for everyone...some higher than others.
I agree with this. I wouldn't be categorically opposed to dealing him, but my asking price would be sky high. The Angels would have zero interest in Phillips given their plethora of middle infielders (Kendrick, Cabrera, Aybar, Wood) and the possibility of acquiring A-Rod in the offseason. In fact, I don't see too many big market playoff teams that have a gaping hole at 2B. The Yanks and the Red Sox? No. The Cubs and the Brewers? No. The Tigers, Phillies or Dodgers? Nope. The Padres have nothing that appeals to me, and I doubt the Indians would pay a premium to reacquire the same guy they gave away for peanuts just a year ago. The Mets aren't going to give up pitching in the middle of a playoff race, and Mike Pelfrey wouldn't be enough. The only two teams that strike me would be the M's and the Twinkies. From the Mariners, I would be asking for Adam Jones, Brandon Morrow and Jeff Clement. From the Twinkies I demand Matt Garza and maybe Glen Perkins. A lot to ask? Of course. But Brandon Phillips is probably more valuable to the Reds than he is a big market team, being enormously productive at a premium position, and most importantly being signed relatively cheaply for three more years. There is absolutely no reason to push him out the door.