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Here we go again…
Brandon Phillips has been busy telling the media that he isn’t taking to the media. Say what? To clarify, Phillips was talking to a national reporter about the Cincinnati beat writers. He has decided to give the writers that follow the team the proverbial silent treatment.
Being a beat writer is a tough gig. You must develop a relationship with players so that they will talk with you. On the other hand, you must be honest and objective to maintain journalistic integrity. I think the guys that cover the Reds do a pretty good job. I don’t feel any of them have been unfair to Phillips.
I follow the Reds as closely as anyone and think I am very objective when it comes to criticizing the team. Defensively, Phillips is the best second baseman in baseball. He is a slightly above average offensive player. I enjoy watching him play and am glad he is a member of the Reds.
The problem is that I don’t understand what he wants to come from this local media blackout. Who benefits? It makes him look bad. The writers will either choose to completely ignore him or focus on the negative fact that he won’t interact. Either way, it can only create more tension and focus on things other than baseball. When Opening Day is less than a month away, that is not good.
The Reds have once again proven that the “small market” label used by many sports teams is nothing more than an excuse.
In 2012, fans were preparing for the worst, fearing that two of their stars would skip town for a long-term contract and bag o’ cash. Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto were outgrowing Cincinnati and the small-town Reds. Could the Reds possibly scrape up the money to sign one of them? After Votto agreed to the biggest contract in club history, Phillips signed a six-year deal for big money.
The Reds have inked Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract. The 27-year old has developed into the pitcher that the club and fans have been waiting on. I really like this deal. Bailey has his moments, but he is a workhorse with immense talent.
Rumors have run wild this offseason about Reds second baseman, Brandon Phillips. Will he be traded? Did Walt Jocketty already try to trade him? Did the Yankees really turn down a deal?
The latest rumor about Phillips to the Yankees for Brett Gardner is the most interesting. Reports are that the Yankees turned down the offer. This surfaced just days after the Redsfest drama of whether or not Phillips would show, and then Jocketty insinuating that the Yankees may have just been trying to use previous rumors about a deal as leverage against Robinson Cano.
In my opinion, the Reds tried to deal Phillips and the Yankees turned the deal down. The Reds tried to smooth things over so Phillips would appear at Redsfest and, hopefully, not carry any ill feelings into Spring Training. Phillips is very popular with the fans, and the Reds brass recognizes that. However, they will do what is necessary to improve the club. If that means trading Phillips, so be it.
The reality of the situation is that nobody actually knows anything outside of Jocketty and Brian Cashman. Beat writers, bloggers and other social media “experts” who claim to have the inside scoop usually don’t. Jocketty is notorious for keeping people in the dark about potential deals, as he should.
So, Reds Country, be careful what you believe. Just remember to always root for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.