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Phillips pleaded with agents to make a deal

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08:09 AM ET 04.11 | Brandon Phillips should consider running for mayor of Cincinnati today. Phillips was aching to stay in Cincinnati, and now he will. The Reds second baseman agreed Tuesday to a contract extension that totals six years and $72.5 million, through the 2017 season. The two-time All-Star said he has grown to love Cincinnati since he arrived via trade from Cleveland in 2006, and the city more than anything kept Phillips from looking elsewhere. "I cried about this. This is where I wanted to be," Phillips said, baring his emotions Tuesday at a Great American Ball Park press conference. "I talked to my agents and I kept on telling them please, please make it happen. This is the best day of my life, man."

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April 11, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Good for him...

and good for Kinsler...

Nice to see the homegrown talent stay put.

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April 11, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Hopefully this will work out well for both the player and organization. I'd be happy in most places for $72M!

April 11, 2012  10:21 AM ET

Please please, just don't send me back to Cleveland!

April 11, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Poor little guy! He cried! He can dry his tears with his millions of dollars.

April 11, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Votto and Phillips now signed , and everyone said it couldn't happen and that Votto was gone,
Oh well got to respect players who stay with there teams and don't jump ship just to make more money. "GO REDS"

April 11, 2012  12:18 PM ET

I think Votto got about the best pay day/contract length that he was going to get with the Reds. Remember you had both of those players last year and were a sub-.500 team.

April 11, 2012  12:43 PM ET
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Votto and Phillips now signed , and everyone said it couldn't happen and that Votto was gone,Oh well got to respect players who stay with there teams and don't jump ship just to make more money. "GO REDS"

You really believe there is home team loyalty involved in pro sports? If you worked at Company A for 10 yrs.with only maybe 10 viable yrs. left for you to earn income in that position, and a Company B came along and offered you say... 1/3 more a month doing the same job, you'd stay with Company A ??? This is their job and best financial opportunity as determined by their agent at this time.

April 11, 2012  01:52 PM ET

Yadier Molina of the Cards is so thrilled to keep seeing his friend Brandon 19 times a year. Bet he was crying as well.

April 11, 2012  10:24 PM ET

Smart Move by the Reds !

April 18, 2012  12:25 PM ET

Great news! He has the competitiveness and drive and energy to power this team into the late fall. Silver slugger, All-Star, Golden Glove, and playing beside Votto. Love it. Now, if only he would pump his arm once behind the plate, like one of my favorite Cincy second basemen of my youth.

 
May 20, 2012  10:47 PM ET

It's good to see loyalty like that from pro players. As a Detroit Lions fan it was good to see that Calvin Johnson wanted to stay in the D. I love loyal players.

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