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Phillips 'disappointed' about contract situation

Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:37 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips' four-year contract is up at the end of the season. He desires to stay in Cincinnati long-term, so he's holding out hope the Reds do more than pick up the one-year, $12 million option in the contract. He wants a multi-year extension and is a bit down that he hasn't heard anything about it just yet.

"I've always said from Day 1 that this is where I want to be at," Phillips said on Friday (MLB.com). "I thought there might be some talks going on during the season but I haven't heard anything all year. I was very disappointed about it. It hurts bad that this is where I want to be at and I've paid blood, sweat and tears for this organization, but the only thing I can do is thank them very much for giving me a second opportunity. I can't really trip about anything that much. I came here and got my career back to where it should be going."

Phillips, 30, made his second consecutive All-Star Game this season and is widely considered the best defensive second baseman in baseball. He's hitting .298 with 12 home runs, 73 RBI, 76 runs and a .778 OPS.

General manager Walt Jocketty did tell MLB.com that he planned on discussing the contract with Phillips' agent at some point, it just hasn't happened yet.

Oh, and if the Reds plan on simply picking up that option?

"If they just pick my option up and don't extend me, I feel like that's a slap in my face," Phillips said (MLB.com). "If the team wants you, they will make room. They will show you they want you here, period. They did it for some of the other guys.

"If they're going to have me for just one year, I feel like they don't see me in the future."

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