By now most of the Major League Baseball world knows all about Brandon Phillips and his falling out with the Cincinnati Reds. No matter where it started or how good things looked at certain times during the 2013 season, Phillips is all but done with the Reds. They are bound and determined to ship him off to somewhere this offseason because of how he has been with the club. He appears to have worn out his welcome and they will do nearly anything to be rid of him.
That will be a mistake. I do understand that clubhouse chemistry is important for many reasons but so is a high batting average and a ton of output at the second base position. Considering the chances of the Reds signing Robinson Cano are quite slim, there is absolutely no chance that they can replace what Phillips does for them at that position. There still could be a middle ground somewhere and the Reds owe it to themselves to search it out.
If we think about it, this whole thing started with something concerning money. In all likelihood it all comes down to something that happened with money. If rumor is correct, it was the amount thrown at first baseman Joey Votto. Regardless of what the problem is, Phillips is surely a reasonable enough human being that the Reds could try to work something out. If they do not at least try, they’ll think about it all season long when they miss his offensive production.