Sep 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) in the dugout during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Reds are actively shopping second baseman Brandon Phillips


Sep 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) in the dugout during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports, the Cincinnati Reds are actively shopping second baseman Brandon Phillips.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the team decided last month they will seek to trade him this offseason, despite the fact he’s in the middle of a ten-year, $98 million contract.

The 32-year old Phillips had what many considered to be a ‘down year’, “slashing .261/.310/.396 in 606 plate appearances in 2013, down from his previous six seasons in Cincinnati where he hit .280/.329/.446.”(MLBTR)

That being said, he still added 18 home runs and 103 RBIs – offense that many contending teams would find a nice addition, particularly the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Phillips is a three-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove recipient and has also won a Silver Slugger in his career. He could win the 2013 National League 2B Gold Glove Award; it appears to be between Phillips and Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney.

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