This is something that should be done and would be smart on the Reds front to sign Brandon Phillips to a long-term contract. Rockies just locked up Tulowitzki for six years 30 million. Now I think Phillips could be had for maybe around 25 million over 4 years which would still be a bargain considering he wants 4.2 million this year. After a 30-30 year with a decent average he could potentially make 2x/3x that next year if his numbers look similar to 07. Brandon Phillips is a player you build around and a face of the franchise type player. He seems really happy here and has stated he loves it here. If the Reds decide to just go to arbitration with him and do a one year deal they are only hurting themselves.