Originally Posted by WVRedsFan
Amen. Just another case of the non-flexible budget. One of the Reds' best players should be rewarded. Jay Bruce gets what I considered a huge contract given his on again, off again performance, and there are more examples. Like many other Reds, appreciate Brandon. Flexible budget be damned. Put the product on the field and watch the success. Cheap it and take players off the trash bin (Freddy Lewis comes to mind) and you get what you deserve.
Of course the Reds are paying Bruce for his prime, where as Phillips has seen his prime and it was several years ago. He is likely to decline going forward both offensively and defensively. I would rather someone else pay for that.
With that said, I would pick up his option for next year. You don't want to be stuck with no second baseman next year because you weren't able to find a guy in free agency and the Reds simply don't have an internal option for second base ready for April 2012. I would pick up the option and re-evaluate things in August 2012 after seeing most of the season from guys like Didi Gregorius and Henry Rodriguez in AA/AAA.