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07:23 AM ET 10.23 | It's not yet Hot Stove season, but second baseman Brandon Phillips' name is circulating in trade speculation. Reports have stated the Reds have already looked to move Phillips, while general manager Walt Jocketty denied those rumors. "[Phillips] texted wanting to know if we were trading him. I told him that I have not spoken to anybody about that," Jocketty said on Tuesday. "I'm not talking to any clubs about him." However, Jocketty would not go so far as to guarantee that Phillips would be with the Reds at the start of Spring Training. "I'm not saying that," Jocketty said. "We've got some things we've got to look at on how we're going to improve our club. I'm not going to say nobody is untouchable. Obviously, we want to keep as much of this club intact as we can."

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October 23, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Are they more sick of his mouth or his declining production?

October 23, 2013  08:55 AM ET

I could see spam eventually taking over this thread.

October 23, 2013  09:07 AM ET

If the Reds can resign Choo, move Hamilton to second, and Phillips will be traded. Another thought Brandon the GM is going to tell you what you want to hear not what he is really thinking about you.

October 23, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Are they more sick of his mouth or his declining production?

Yes

October 23, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Only way the Reds would trade Phillips is if another team offered a high quality pitcher or slugger......and being that ,he ain't going no-where.

October 23, 2013  02:15 PM ET

There still aren't many second basemen better than Phillips. His year was almost identical to another year he had like 5 years ago. He's only 32. His down year was probably an anomaly. I don't see the Reds trading him becuase he wouldn't be cheap. They can still compete for the division.

October 23, 2013  06:56 PM ET

just because he insulted some sports writer is no reason to dump him and especially for someone as useless as uggla. his production being down has more to do with him being drilled by the pirates for no apparent reason other than to make them feel like they are tough guys. he was hitting .300 before that and he came back to soon imo. but he did what was asked of him batting in the 4th spot and that was drive in runs. hopefully price will keep him in the top of the order where he belongs no matter the injury situation. his offense may not be up to stat geek standards but he has not lost anything defensibly and is the best second base man out there. if they move him they better get a top prospect and a solid bench guy in return.

 
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