Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The Cincinnati Reds bowed out of the 2013 playoffs in the one-game wild card round in disappointing fashion. After firing manager Dusty Baker, the Reds are apparently not done remaking their organization. Word has now come that they plan on trading second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter as well. Phillips posted an OPS of just .706 (his worst as a Red) in 2013, but did hit 18 home runs, while driving in 103 runs. But when you consider that he has four years and $50 million left on his contract, a WAR of 1.7 is pretty terrible. But more than his play, reports claim that the 32-year-old Phillips (no relation) is on the trade block mostly because has ruffled some feathers in the Reds organization. His behavior has reportedly upset a lot of people around the team, and he even called Reds owner Bob Castellini a liar this past season. Clearly that wasn’t the way to endear himself to the franchise. The Reds apparently determined they had to trade Phillips at least a month ago. But wou...
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  • Typical Ohio mentality- trade away best players.
  • Well, it's another sad situation for the Reds. Dusty Baker? I've been supporting him for years but leaving Arroyo in after giving up the 3rd solo homerun against the Pirates after the Reds had gone ahead during a span when runs were hard to come by forced me to give up on him. With regard to Brandon Phillips if I were him I would want to be traded. It's been reported that he called top management a liar. Well, I take the position that were it not true he wouldn't have said it. However; there are times when it's better to keep your mouth closed. Brandon has been asked to lead off, bat clean up, he's been asked to bat third, bat second essentially having the responsibility of moving the runner to second base for Votto etc. Brandon has done well. The reason his last half or third of the season was bad was do to him playing hurt when he shouldn't have been in the line-up. If the other players were hitting there wouldn't have been that much of a push. The Reds have a history of pushing players to get back from the disabled list too soon although they want to give the appearance that they do not. Votto last year came back too soon, Ludwick this year came back too soon, Saun Marshall was not ready, Cueto was not ready and neither was Phillips. I'm very dissappointed in the Reds and its management staff from the batting coach all the way to the owners. The average age of the Cardinals and the Pirates is around 27 years of age and neither of them are going anywhere. I've been saying since the late 90's (Greg Vaughn) that the Reds needed a bonifide hammer from the right side, they haven't landed one yet and if the Reds fail to get one. If the Reds are going to continue momentum in attendance then we need a big name manager, one that has won, a hammer that hits right (.270 avg. 35-45 homeruns with at least 120 rbis) and a defensive second baseman who can kill a rally, like Brandon Phillips. If the Reds don't move I predict that they will not finish above .500 in 2014. COMMENTS???

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