Found October 26, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
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In a post to Twitter, Jon Heyman says the Reds are expected to pick up the option for 2B Brandon Phillips if they cannot work out an extension. The 30-year-old Phillips has a $12 million option for 2012. Heyman also says it’s a “closer call” as to whether or not Cincinnati will pick up Francisco Cordero‘s $12 million option, or buy him out for $1 million. Michael Baron: Assuming he was to become a free agent (which I never really saw as a possibility anyway), I don’t see Phillips as a possibility for the Mets. He will be 32 on Opening Day, and given Sandy Alderson’s comments over the last year, I wouldn’t expect him to give a player in his early thirties a multi-year deal; especially a player who might be in his decline phase. Regarding Cordero, he was very productive in 2011. But he will be 37 in May, and I would expect him to be looking for a multi-year deal, so I question whether or not it’s wise to give such contracts to closers, especially those who are as old as Cordero. It’s...
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