CINCINNATI (AP) — Second baseman Brandon Phillips has agreed to a $27 million, four-year deal, settling the Cincinnati Reds’ final arbitration case.
The 26-year-old infielder had a breakout season last year, when he joined Alfonso Soriano as the only second basemen in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases.
Agents Sam and Seth Levinson negotiated the deal for Phillips, who wants to stay with the team that gave him a second chance by getting him from Cleveland in a trade. Phillips had asked for $4.2 million in arbitration, and the Reds had offered $2.7 million.
The new contract includes a club option for a fifth season. If Phillips is traded, it becomes a mutual option that would bring the total value of the contract to $43.25 million.
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That's a great deal!
It is becoming more and more clear that the window for this team to win a championship will be 2009-2011.
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Congrats Brandon, welcome to the 'you're paid big bucks so you best never fail' club..say hello to JR and Dunn
Good deal for both sides.
From mlbtraderumors.com -- an interest comment.
The question is, what is the projected amount of savings the Reds are getting here? Chase Utley signed his extension in January of '07. For his fourth through seventh years in the bigs he'll get $38MM, plus a $2MM signing bonus. Robinson Cano will make $39MM for the same slice of his career if his 2012 option is exercised. Viewed that way, the Phillips deal seems solid.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Good job, Reds.
Good for BP. Seems to me he's gone the extra yard for the organization time after time after time. Glad that's been recognized.
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That's a pretty excellent contract. Hard to be upset when it's under $30 mil for 4 years. If there is one thing Wayne is great at, it is definitely contracts.
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Brandon Phillips is what's right about the Reds. I'm glad to have a man on this team that has said publicly many times that he wants to stay in Cincinnati as a Red for his entire career. BP has backed that talk up today!!!
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