Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Brandon Phillips just turned 31 in june and still in his prime though in the latter stages of it. And yeah he is getting it done right now. I'm just looking ahead when in 2 years (2014) he is likely to take a precipitous drop in production at age 33 (or perhaps even sooner) but will have another 3+ seasons (thru 2017) of big money on his deal. Just look at his contemporary Orlando Hudson who was virtually the same player up until sometime in his age 31 season (the same age BP is now) and then started to fall of a cliff, age 32 season was still productive but much less so than years past. Age 33 season O-Dog became a player who between his bat and glove was replacement level at best, since then he has become virtually useless and if this were BP's contract he'd still have 2+ years on it.
Yeah love Brandon now but when it all comes down just remember you were for the deal, live with his contract keeping us from going forward. When there is a better than average chance we could have had Didi at SS and Cozart @ 2B on the cheap, not lose much on defense if at all and have some offensive upside, not to mention another LH bat in the lineup. The other good news is even if Didi doesn't work out then you still have Hamilton who maybe you just stick at 2B instead. We had too many alternatives to be backed into that deal with Brandon.
But sorry for getting this conversation off track. If you want to debate BP more just PM me.
I understand the concern about BP on the back end of the contract. Of course, that's the same concern one would generally have about any long-term contract.
I still maintain, however, that putting Cozart or Didi at 2B would be a mistake, maybe even a pretty big mistake. Perhaps HRod or even Hamilton would be good future 2B replacements for BP given their offensive potential, but if that move makes sense then it will rear its head within the next year or two while BP will likely still have good trade value.