Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available
Makes a lot of sense to just get out from under the contract at this point, and I feel like Brandon has a few good years left in him. But next year could be, to Walt, the biggest transition year in the Reds' near future: an unproven rookie in CF, aging/overpaid guy in LF who is in last year of contract, Arroyo gone, last year for Bailey, what will hopefully be the first year for Chapman as starter, etc. 2015 and beyond, with Stephenson, Latos, Chapman, Cingrani in the rotation, Hamilton with a year under his belt, and a pair of OF studs on the horizon, looks brighter.
With the disappointment of the last 2 seasons and a potentially bum year ahead, now looks like the best time to say goodbye to Brandon and free up some cash. Missing that playoff financial push, along with a somewhat lackluster attendance jump, might mean that ownership is a bit less optimistic about the budget than this time a year ago.