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Reds extending Phillips for $65M?

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08:13 AM ET 04.06 | While even big-market teams have embraced some austerity, Cincinnati may be writing more big checks. The Reds hope to nail down a contract extension for Brandon Phillips soon, with speculation growing about what the team is offering its All-Star second baseman. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team is confident about getting a deal completed. "We're close," Jocketty said Thursday. "I hope to have it done within the next week or so." Phillips is staying mum. When a group of reporters approached Phillips after the 4-0 Reds win over Miami, Phillips said: "The game is all I'll talk about." ... [Jim Bowden tweeted Thursday] the team has offered Phillips a five-year contract in the "neighborhood" of $62.5 to $65 million.

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April 6, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Phillips is a thug.....

???

April 6, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Phillips never turned out to be the super stud he was projected to be but he is a top player at the position. his defense is superb and his bat is above average for the position

April 6, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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a five-year contract in the "neighborhood" of $62.5 to $65 million.Nice neighborhood,,,,,,,,,would'nt mind living there myself........

I hear there are lots of nice homes in that neighborhood.

April 6, 2012  10:02 AM ET

I don't think this will end well for the Reds.

April 6, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Phillips is a thug.....

And you are basing this opinion on what?

April 6, 2012  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't think this will end well for the Reds.

this

They are basing these contracts on money they don't have, based on an article I read about the breakdown of Votto's contract

*snip* Votto's contract is structured so that he takes a pay cut in 2014, making just $12 million, down from $17 million (and $2 million from his signing bonus) in 2013 and $14 million in 2015. The Reds will likely renegotiate their TV contract with Fox Sports Ohio before it runs out following the 2016 season and allow the team to afford the $20 million Votto will make in 2016. He'll then make $22 million in 2017 and $25 million from 2018-2023, by which time Votto will be 40 and the team will either exercise his $20 million option as a 41-year-old first baseman (or the National League could have a DH by then), or pay him a $7 million buyout. *snip*

April 6, 2012  01:02 PM ET
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I don't think this will end well for the Reds.

It very well may, but it's nice to see the team at least trying. I'd much rather be a Reds fan than a Mets fan, whose management isn't even trying to field a competitive team.

April 6, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Reflective of how thin talent at second base is currently in the NL.

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April 7, 2012  08:04 AM ET
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I don't think this will end well for the Reds.

The guy comes to play every day, no player is worth that kind of Money, neither is any Owner, that being said Pay The Man!!

April 7, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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What in the hell does that mean they are basing these contracts off money they don't have?They obviously will get a better TV deal then and Castellini and company have plenty of money. I just think someone is a little bitter you couldn't keep your 1B. Don't hate the Reds and Votto for Joey not being a greedyprick like Pujols.

I guess that was worded incorrectly. I was referring to the word "likely" that appears in the following sentence: "The Reds will likely renegotiate their TV contract with Fox Sports Ohio before it runs out following the 2016 season and allow the team to afford the $20 million Votto will make in 2016." "Likely" does not mean they will definitely renegotiate

Bitter???? LMAO! You're funny - I'm thrilled the Cards didn't pay that clown the millions he thinks he's worth. Why in the hell would ANYONE want to sign a player who is still carrying a grudge against all of MLB about where he was drafted some 13 years ago? I'm happy the Reds signed Votto - it's not often you hear of a player staying with the same club his entire career.

April 10, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Phillips is a thug.....

Hater...

 
April 11, 2012  10:26 PM ET
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Phillips is a thug.....

Obviously a Cards fan

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