The Cincinnati Reds will have their hands full this offseason. There are questions surrounding several core members of the team: Is retaining the services of Shin-Soo Choo fiscally plausible? Are the Reds realistically able to extend the contracts of vital young pitchers like Mat Latos and Homer Bailey? Should we already assume Bronson Arroyo is taking his acoustic act on the road?
That's not even considering the fact that Mike Leake, Homer Bailey, Alfredo Simon and Aroldis Chapman, among a handful of others, are all arbitration eligible. But while Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty have their work cut out for them on those pivotal fronts, there's still the matter of All-Star Brandon Phillips and what they do with him.
At this point, it's no secret the Reds are aggressively shopping the recent recipient of another Gold Glove. The very topic is becoming increasingly polarizing for Cincinnati fans, due in large because of how popular Phillips is. He's easily one of the more approachable, fan-friendly Reds who has arguably become the face of the franchise.
Still, despite all the time he's spent in Cincinnati, despite his true affinity for this city, the people, the Reds—Brandon Phillips will more than likely be traded. Here's why.