Found October 18, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The Reds’ interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero – even though Walt Jocketty says they’re unlikely to sign Guerrero – is the strongest indication that the club will try to trade Brandon Phillips. Guerrero projects as a second baseman. He reportedly agreed to a seven-year $32 million deal with the Dodgers in July but the contract was nixed because he had not been cleared by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control. He’s since been cleared. He’s likely to get that kind of money. Scouts say Guerrero who played shortstop in Cuba projects as a second baseman. The Reds aren’t going to pay $4.5 million a year for a backup. It could be that the Reds were looking at Guerrero as a shortstop and backed off when their scouts decided he could not play there. But it’s more likely that they saw him as a replacement for Phillips. Phillips ticked off a lot of people in the organization with his behavior this year. Bob Castellini was the driving force behind Phillips signing. Phillips b...
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