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Reds Looking to Lock Up Brandon Phillips

It was another nice year for second baseman Brandon Phillips and with that, now the team has to decide what do with him. The Reds have Phillips for 2012 for $12 million but after that all bets are off. Apparently Phillips was talking to the brass at the General Manager’s Meeting but Walt Jocketty said they’re still pretty far from a deal.

Phillips is looking for Dan Uggla money and he’s been firm on not taking a hometown discount. Phillips career was an odd one. He was a blue chip prospect for the Indians where he faltered and was given up for dead. The Reds got him for nothing and he immediately caught fire. Now he’s one of the top second basemen in the game. He won the Silver Slugger this year and while his home runs were down, he was still a very productive player.

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