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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    I want to make the case that the Rangers really don't have as much money as everyone thinks.

    1. First, they have a budget of 125 million for 2014. The GM has already let that be known.

    2. 85.6 million is tied up in about 9 players for 2014.

    3. 2 options-1 for Joe Nathan at 9 million, 1 for Berkman at 12 million. I don't expect they'll approve Berkman's, but they have already said they will with Nathan. I think it's a mutual option though.

    4. Their entire OF is entering FA, along with a couple catchers. I don't expect them to bring everyone back, but they will have a number of holes to fill. 2013 contracts follow as a comparison.

    Cruz-10.75 million
    Garza-10.25 million
    Pierzynski-7.5 million
    Murphy-5.77 million
    Soto-2.75 million
    Lewis-2.00 million
    Baker-1.75 million

    About 37 million if they're able to bring everyone back at 2013 salaries. Like I said, i don't think they'll bring everyone back, but they'll definitely take on some payroll bringing some of them back.

    Finally, the arb eligibles. 6 players are eligible for arbitration. 4 of them for the first time, 1 for the 2nd, 1 for the 3rd. I think 15 million is a reasonable sum.

    I'd like to think the Reds could trade Bailey/Brandon for Profar+. I just think the Rangers won't be able to take on the payroll it would require. They're going to have as much trouble making the numbers work as the Reds will this year.

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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffy View Post
    I think getting Brandon Phillips away from Dusty could do him wonders. If you listened to Brandon you would always hear him talk about his job in certain spots in lineup. When he hit leadoff he needed to take more pitches, when he hit second he needed to use rightfield, cleanup he needed to drive in runs, etc. I think a new manager could come in, provided Walt improves the righthanded bats situation, plops Brandon in the 6 spot and just says, Be Brandon. Don't worry about any one persons job in a certain spot and just go up there and be you as a hitter. .280/.330/.440. Be yourself, play gold glove defense and the other numbers don't matter.

    770 OPS from gold glove second baseman is probably a 4 WAR player and more than worth what they are paying him, IMO
    Which is crazy because he was awesome as a 2nd place hitter a couple years ago. .300+ average, .350+ OBP (a career high), OPS over 800.

    It's like he consciously decided to stop being that and go to being the 100 RBI guy who can barely OBP over 300 and can't even slug over 400.
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds View Post
    Which is crazy because he was awesome as a 2nd place hitter a couple years ago. .300+ average, .350+ OBP (a career high), OPS over 800.

    It's like he consciously decided to stop being that and go to being the 100 RBI guy who can barely OBP over 300 and can't even slug over 400.
    I don't think he did that. If you look at the month-by-month breakdown, he had three good ones (April, May, August) and three bad ones (June, July, Sept). The RBI total was strongest in his corresponding good OPS months. Only one of his three best RBI months (July) did he have a substandard OPS (.651).

    The evidence doesn't suggest he was giving up good ABs just to drive in runs.
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    Phillips has a career .320 OBP. He is not, nor has he ever been, a .350 OB guy. 2011 was the exception, not the norm.
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Phillips has a career .320 OBP. He is not, nor has he ever been, a .350 OB guy. 2011 was the exception, not the norm.
    It may have been an exception, but he still did it.

    Using your logic I could say Barry Bonds is not, nor has he ever been, a 50+ HR guy. 2001 was the exception, not the norm.

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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Maybe BP's talented enough to answer several bells -- OBP'ing when in the two hole, knocking 'em in at cleanup?
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffy View Post
    I think getting Brandon Phillips away from Dusty could do him wonders. If you listened to Brandon you would always hear him talk about his job in certain spots in lineup. When he hit leadoff he needed to take more pitches, when he hit second he needed to use rightfield, cleanup he needed to drive in runs, etc. I think a new manager could come in, provided Walt improves the righthanded bats situation, plops Brandon in the 6 spot and just says, Be Brandon. Don't worry about any one persons job in a certain spot and just go up there and be you as a hitter. .280/.330/.440. Be yourself, play gold glove defense and the other numbers don't matter.

    770 OPS from gold glove second baseman is probably a 4 WAR player and more than worth what they are paying him, IMO
    That could work, provided he doesn't sulk about batting so low.

    I'm not sure that was as much Dusty as it was DatDude talking himself into the roles.
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Sure, but the way you fix that is by upgrading the 7th and 8th best bats in the lineup, not by possibly downgrading the 4th/5th best bat in the lineup.
    Basically I agree. I'm not a fan of trading Phillips, but I think you should probably shop him and see what can be realized in terms of money back from his contract. Then make the calculation about what else might be upgradable if there's any savings. I suspect there won't be.

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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    I'm in the camp of people who think the Reds need to trade Phillips this offseason. 9 years and 22 days of service time means that his 10/5 rights kick in during September 2014. I also agree with M2's point that it will hurt the Reds if they trade away Phillips and don't have a suitable replacement for him.

    Particularly because I think the Reds WILL trade Phillips, 2013 was really the year for the Reds to go all in. I'm still miffed that they didn't upgrade in LF and SS midseason. The window might be closing faster than we all think.
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by StillFunkyB View Post
    What free agent SS are out there? Would moving Cozart to 2nd and getting another SS be something that would work?

    Just thinking out loud really.
    Was Frazier ever shown 2b? Would that make his bat more palatable and open up anything for free agency?
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyder View Post
    Was Frazier ever shown 2b? Would that make his bat more palatable and open up anything for free agency?
    According to Doug, they tried Frazier at 2b in the minors, and it was a disaster. He never could get the footwork right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    According to Doug, they tried Frazier at 2b in the minors, and it was a disaster. He never could get the footwork right.
    So much for that idea.

    Another idea, whats the thoughts of kicking the tires on Grady Sizemore only 31 (by opening day next year) and coming off microfracture surgery? Would he be an option in CF or would it be sort of a Junior situation where he needs to move to the good of him and whoever signs him?

    Has anyone seen anything about him? All I saw was that he started "baseball activities" in July and never signed with anyone. Could he find a rebirth in GABP with its smallish outfield?
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyder View Post
    So much for that idea.

    Another idea, whats the thoughts of kicking the tires on Grady Sizemore only 31 (by opening day next year) and coming off microfracture surgery? Would he be an option in CF or would it be sort of a Junior situation where he needs to move to the good of him and whoever signs him?

    Has anyone seen anything about him? All I saw was that he started "baseball activities" in July and never signed with anyone. Could he find a rebirth in GABP with its smallish outfield?
    A flier on Sizemore on a AAA deal seems like a good idea. The Reds are about a year away from having OF options (Hamilton included IMO) and a guy like Sizemore to split time with Ludwick might make LF a strong platoon. Not sure if CF is a realistic option after microsurgery, but I'd guess not. Sizemore wouldn't be taking over for Choo, but would be an option to upgrade from Xavier Paul if he has anything left.
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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    I'm in the camp of people who think the Reds need to trade Phillips this offseason. 9 years and 22 days of service time means that his 10/5 rights kick in during September 2014. I also agree with M2's point that it will hurt the Reds if they trade away Phillips and don't have a suitable replacement for him.

    Particularly because I think the Reds WILL trade Phillips, 2013 was really the year for the Reds to go all in. I'm still miffed that they didn't upgrade in LF and SS midseason. The window might be closing faster than we all think.
    Any "upgrade" at SS probably would not have been much better than the second half Cozart gave them. I'll take him at SS the. Ext few years while he's cheap. Great defensively and league average offensively.

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    Re: Paul Daugherty says Brandon Phillips is very available

    Quote Originally Posted by hebroncougar View Post
    Any "upgrade" at SS probably would not have been much better than the second half Cozart gave them. I'll take him at SS the. Ext few years while he's cheap. Great defensively and league average offensively.
    Not sure 1/2 season of .710 OPS makes up for his career average below the .700 mark. Cozart does field well, but I don't think he has a sustainable league average bat. That said, I agree with you to some extent with your larger point -- while he's cheap, might as well keep him there.
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