Originally Posted by Kingspoint
You could, but Phillips' contract is a fantastic contract. We have an All-Star Caliber 2nd Basemen signed for the next three years at a very good price. He's a cornerstone of the franchise for the next three years and is a leader on this club now. He's quiet, doesn't complain, and he's not a prima-donna needing all kinds of attention that some leaders do on other clubs. He does everything well and some things spectacularly.
BP is one of the untouchables on this club.
The club is set. It's time to let them play.
The only tinkering left is to get rid of Corey Patterson and Andy Phillips. Keppinger will come off the bench next season when Gonzo takes over Shortstop again. Keppinger will take Phillips' spot Hopper will take Patterson's spot.
My word, it's like some people have selective memory loss. I like Phillips, I think he's a great second basemen and a good hitter who could easily improve. But he does complain - remember his comments last year about how Hamilton gets too much attention? And he is a bit of a primadonna - he has a whole routine every time he gets a hit, he trots to first on groundouts, he tosses his bat and does have half-turn home run trot.