Brandon Phillips has all the tools anyone would need to become a great baseball player for a long time. His time so far in Major League Baseball has been a little back and forth. The 2012 season was awesome for him and he should have been able to build on that and come into 2013 for a career explosion of a season. That didn’t happen though. The season and what has happened between the team, city and Phillips make it fairly easy to understand why the Cincinnati Reds are shopping him around.
Finding the right team to take him on might be a little bit of a challenge only because he is scheduled to make a ton of money. The Reds might have to decide how much of his contract they are willing to pay in order to get rid of him. They will likely be able to replace some of his value at least at the level he produced this past season. From Phillips perspective it should be an even better thing.
Throwing stones at Phillips would be way too easy at this point. He probably had a right to be upset that Joey Votto got a rescheduled contract seemingly so he could still be the highest paid Reds player. At least it would be easy to assume that from Phillips’ perspective. I’m not saying he handled everything the right way. A major league player should be grown up enough not to react the way Phillips did.
What is done is done now though. Phillips is still one of the better second basemen in the game potentially. If anyone has ever needed a change of atmosphere, he does right now. He needs a fresh start with a team that will give him an honest fresh start. I bet my bottom dollar, which is just right here beside me, that Phillips will be a completely different player and human being with a simple change of scenery.