Reds extend Phillips

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04/10/2012 by anjru0805

He'll still be able to do this at 36, right?

Just eight days after the epic Joey Votto extension, the Reds are back at it. This announcement came just as quickly and surprisingly as the last, but in a different way. Less than two weeks ago, it was announced that Chapman would start in the bullpen and Homer Bailey would be in the rotation. Reds fans (myself included) were a little confused and ticked off. Hours later, it was rumored, then officially announced that Joey Votto had been extended to a 10-year, $225 million contract.

Days later, the Reds front office said that this didn’t mean that a Phillips extension was out of the question. I felt myself wondering, are you sure? Walt Jocketty said he hoped a deal would be done in the next week.

Today, it was rumored then officially announced, that the Reds had agreed to terms with Brandon Phillips: a 6-year, $72.5 million deal. Both parts of this deal are interesting. For one, I am really not sure where the Reds are getting this money, nor where they anticipate they will get it. I’m not alone; a lot of Reds fans are asking the same question. The years are the part that is a bit worrisome. Throughout the winter and spring, Phillips insisted that it wasn’t about the money, it was about the years. Apparently he was serious. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer said that the front office had to add the sixth year to make it work. A 36-year-old second baseman is an old second baseman. Very few (arguably none) second baseman have been effective both at the plate and in the field in their mid-30s. Here’s to hoping BP will break the trend!

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