Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 4/10/12
The Cincinnati Reds have decided to lock-up another player in their organization. This time was second baseman Brandon Phillips who agreed to a six-year, $72.5 million deal with the team according to Jim Bowden of ESPNXM. Last week, we learned that the Reds were making an offer to Phillips, and that was in the range of $62.5-$65 million dollars over five years, pretty much the same I (Juan Dominguez) projected for him. I projected a $13 million per year salary over five years, and he agreed to a six-year deal for a little bit more than $12 million per year. Phillips, who will make $12 million this season, is eligible for free agency after the season. He hit .300/.353/.457 with 18 HR's and 82 RBI's in 610 at-bats last season. He is a career -12.4 FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average), but his offensive value has been going up since 2008, 17.1 VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) in 2008, 19.8 in 2009, 26.0 in 2010 and 38.0 in 2011. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License.
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