Brandon Phillips will always be a flashy fielder and boisterous clubhouse leader, but his future as the second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds is clearly in doubt, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Although the 32-year-old is signed through 2017, rumor has it that he's available via trade. There are bound to be suitors for someone with such durability and defensive talent.
An abrupt exit from the postseason for the third time in four years convinced the Reds to dismiss longtime manager Dusty Baker. However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that the plan to shop Phillips was hatched in September, when the club was still a World Series contender.
There are four years and $50 million remaining on the All-Star's contract. Even so, perhaps an agreement can be reached between general manager Walt Jocketty and one of the following teams.