Former Reds infielder Brandon Phillips teases return to Cincinnati

Brandon Phillips teases at making a return to the Reds.
Brandon Phillips teases at making a return to the Reds. / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

Always a fun follow on Twitter, Brandon Phillips took to his social media account on Monday night to express his condolences to the Cincinnati Reds faithful after the front office traded outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suárez to the Seattle Mariners.

Phillips even teased about a possible return to the Reds (Willie Mays Hayes-style), saying that he could play third base if needed. To be perfectly honest, Reds fans could use some of Phillips' humor at this moment.

Reds fans would love to see Brandon Phillips return to Cincinnati.

Brandon Phillips appeared to be as shocked as the rest of the Cincinnati faithful with the news of Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez headed to the Emerald City. In jest, Phillips invited Reds Country to take the short drive down I-75 to see the Lexington Legends play baseball.

While basketball is king in the state of Kentucky, Phillips has helped turned baseball into an entertaining affair during the summer. Phillips became co-owner of the team last summer and helped the Legends take home the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Championship in 2021.

The Lexington Legends were one of the teams that lost major league affiliation last year, but the franchise quickly joined the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent partner of MLB, in 2021.

Brandon Phillips was beloved during his time in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Originally part of the Cleveland Indians, now Guardians, organization, Phillips was dealt to the Redlegs in 2006 for pitcher Jeff Stevens.

All Phillips did in his time with the Reds was become one of the most prominent second basemen in the game, oftentimes finding inventive ways to get opposing players out. Phillips had style and flare and became a fan-favorite quiet quickly.

Phillips was a three-time All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove recipient, and took home a Silver Slugger in 2011. The slick-fielding Phillips knows all too well what Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez are going through, as he was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2017 season.

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Reds fans, if you're among those who are furious at Cincinnati's ownership, Dat Dude BP is inviting you to come join him at Wild Health Field in Lexington. The Legends' season begins on Thursday, April 21st.