Originally written February 09, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
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Phillips is entering his eighth season with the Reds after the team acquired him via trade from the Indians in April 2006. The only player Cincinnati had to give up in the exchange was a player to be named later, which turned out to be pitching prospect Jeff Stevens. Stevens went on to appear in just 33 games in the majors and posted an ERA of 6.27. Phillips, on the other hand, has turned into a star and one of the best second basemen in the business. Although last year didn't prove as fruitful for Phillips as prior years, the Stone Mountain, Ga. native still had himself a nice individual season. In 147 games, he sported a .281/.321/.429 slash with 18 homers, 77 RBI, 86 runs scored, 30 doubles, and 15 stolen bases. Furthermore, he batted .375 (9-24) with one homer, seven RBI, and three doubles in the NLDS. He also displayed tremendous defensive prowess with web gem after web gem throughout the season. Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman marveled on several different occasion...
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