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Marty: Reds Could Explore Trading BP

I suppose you could file this under “impossible”.

Marty Brennaman made an appearance on MLB Network Radio yesterday. According to, Marty stated the Reds could look to move second baseman Brandon Phillips this off-season. Lead writer Matthew Cerrone adds this…

In an effort to further shake up the team, in the wake of firing Dusty Baker today, the Reds know Phillips is their best chance to free up payroll and bring in immediate-impact prospects, according to Brennaman.

Freeing up payroll, you say? For those Reds players currently on the books for next season, BP is set to make $11MM, second highest on the team to Joey Votto’s $12MM. In total, BP is owed $50MM over the next four years.

I see some of you shaking your heads in disbelief. Too far-fetched. Popular player willing to go to area games, numerous picture opportunities with fans.

The part of this that might not be far-fetched is that a few days ago, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that Reds were one of seven teams that might be in on signing Cuban middle infielder Alex Guerrero. Most MLB scouts view Guerrero as a second baseman and even though his original deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers (5 years, $32MM) fell through due to issues surrounding representation, he would be less than Phillips. Factor in the extra year at that cost plus Guerrero is 26 years old.

Guerrero is now represented by Scott Boras and as you would expect, Guerrero is now looking for a little more dough.

You obviously have the experience factor going significantly BP’s way. And yes, there would undoubtedly be a backlash from a portion of the Reds fanbase.

Consider this though. John Fay tweeted a reason for his dismissal was Baker’s handling of the BP/C. Trent Rosecrans situation. While it did not play a major role in Dusty’s departure, I’m led to believe it might have been a minor factor. If so, this falls into line what Cerrone writes.

All this out in the open, please keep three things to keep in mind here. First, this is purely conjecture on Marty’s part. Second, consider two words: could explore. Meaning not set in stone. Meaning could not explore. Third, Marty also said trading BP would be a mistake.

As I brought this to the staff, Jesse may have had the most poignant reply:

Feel like it’s the typical “if we get an offer we can’t refuse.”

Yep, Jesse, to me it does.

(H/T: MLB Injury News)

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  • Josh Bresser

    I would be for this if

    A) They could actually get something valuable in return


    B) They wouldn’t have to pay much/any of his salary.

    With this unlikely to happen, I would just hold on to him. He’s obviously been declining over the last 3 seasons and moving him would make sense before he regresses completely- the problem is that other GMs know this. They’d either give little in return and/or make the Reds’ eat a lot of his salary. Neither would be ideal.

    • Steve Douglas

      I think the Yankees would try to get him cause they aren’t paying $302 M for Cano.

      • Josh Bresser

        I don’t think anyone would pay Cano 302 million haha.

        • Steve Douglas

          No one will, but the Yanks are trying to dump salaries, so I could see them let him go and try to get BP.

          • Josh Bresser

            Maybe, but if salary-dumping is the case, they’ll probably expect the Reds to pay a big portion of Phillips’ contract. I think that almost defeats the purpose of trading him. That and the Yankees don’t have too many chips to give the Reds (realistically) in return.

          • Steve Douglas

            Depends on how badly they want to get rid of BP. The Cubs are paying 2/3rds or Soriano’s contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal for the Yanks. Agree about what they have to offer, but with enough players, Walt could make the move.

          • Josh Bresser

            The difference, though, is that Soriano is a 1 year (full year) salary commitment. Phillips is 5, into his age 38 season.

          • Steve Douglas

            A year and a half, the 2nd half of 2013 and all of 2014.

  • Steve Douglas

    Not sure that Marty has a say in Reds trades. But this could happen. BP didn’t help himself by his comments about the front office or going off on C. Trent.

    • Steve O.

      Marty has none, but he’s been around the game long enough to know that something could be amiss.

      • Steve Douglas

        Marty has been around a long time, but there’s no way he would know any inside information. I’m guessing that he hasn’t step foot in GABP since the season ended.

        • Steve O.

          Never said anything about inside information. Have heard and read where broadcasters and beat writers have developed a sense for when something is not right in regards to the team they cover.