Re: Bold prediction: Brandon Phillips has played his last game as a Red
Being that I don't fall in either the "Love Brandon" or the "Hate Brandon" camp...this is what strikes me.
Next 2 years...very reasonable contract.
Following 2 years...unreasonable contract.
So what is one to do. I'd put his name out there this year, looking to be overwhelmed. If there are no takers, shop him hard next year after the season, allowing the buyer to get him for a cheap 2010, but making his 2011/12 years their problem contract-wise.
Unfortunately...in my opinon this is the info we have now. Brandon Phillips was given the chance to show he could be a good 4 hitter this year, but he just isn't one. I don't knock him for that, its just what he is. GG defense. A fun player to watch. Not worth over 10 million a year though.
Backloaded contracts in MLB are rarely fun to watch play out.