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4 Brandon Phillips 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/201 | Birthdate: 6/28/1981 | Birthplace: Raleigh, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $10,083,333 | Owned/Started%: 95/68 | Average Draft Position: 133.87
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Brandon Phillips removed Friday with back spasms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Reds infielder Brandon Phillips was removed from Friday's game with back spasms, according to MLB.com.

Phillips was taken out after striking out in his first two at-bats. He appeared to tweak his back in the first inning, but remained in the game until after his second at-bat. He was removed for precautionary reasons, and is likely day-to-day.


Brandon Phillips exits game after strikeout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Reds infielder Brandon Phillips left Friday's game against the Cubs in the third inning after tweaking something while swinging, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Phillips appeared to tweak his back during a swing during his first at-bat, but managed to stay in the game. After striking out to end the third, Phillips was removed from the game, possibly due to a back injury. He was replaced at second by Ramon Santiago.


Brandon Phillips moved to No. 3 spot in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been moved to the third spot of the batting order for Saturday's game against the Rays.

Phillips has spent each of the team's first 10 games in the No. 2 spot of the lineup, but he'll flip-flop with first baseman Joey Votto Saturday. Phillips, who went 2 for 4 with a double Friday, has hit .300/.333/.425 with one home run and three RBI in 40 at-bats.


Brandon Phillips hits two-run shot Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run Saturday against the Mets.

Phillips had a rough start to the game, popping out in his first two at-bats, and striking out in his third. He was able to get to pitcher Dillon Gee in the eighth inning. Phillips took an 89 mph fastball from Gee and took it out to left field for a two-run shot. The play chased Gee from the game. 

Phillips had just one hit in the game. He finished 1 for 4, with 1 run scored and 2 RBI.


Brandon Phillips working on getting timing down


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips entered play Monday batting just .161 (5 for 31) in 11 spring games. However, his manager is not concerned about the poor average and is encouraged after seeing Phillips connect for his second home run Sunday against the A's.

"I couldn't be less concerned about his spring offense to this point," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "(The home run Sunday) was good for a multitude of reasons. No. 1 is because it was nice to see him really barrel up a pitch and drive it. It gave us the lead and ended up providing the winning margin of the game, for as much as we know the importance of wins and losses is relatively insignificant down here, but it's still nice to win the game. I'm sure, as much hard work as he's put in, it's nice to have a payout."

Price said Phillips didn't have surgery on his left wrist after he was hit by a pitch in early June last year, opting for other treatment options. Price said the injury hasn't been an issue this spring.

"I've talked with him throughout the offseason and it seemed like it was becoming less and less of an issue and since he's been here and hitting, it's been a non-issue," Price said. "It's more of a timing thing, I think he's seeing the ball really well and talking to him, he feels like he's going out and trying to get pitches a little early in his swing. So it's just a matter of seeing more pitches and having more at-bats and getting his timing down."


Brandon Phillips mum to Cincinnati media


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Reds veteran Brandon Phillips has cut off communications with Cincinnati beat writers for what he perceives as a negative analysis in regard to his 2013 season.

"I don't have anything to say to those cats," he told MLB.com. "They know that the deal is. They just talk about how I was falling off and declining. How the [expletive] am I declining? I had 100 ... ribbies last year. And I did that with one ... hand. And I won a Gold Glove? So how the [expletive] am I declining? Come on, man."

Phillips indeed remained productive last year despite a .263 batting average that tied his lowest since he arrived in Cincinnati in 2006. His 103 RBI was a career-high.


Reds manager reveals batting order for 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Reds manager Bryan Price announced Wednesday his projected batting order for when a right-handed pitcher is on the mound.

Price said Billy Hamilton will lead off, and he will be followed by Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart.

Price said he would likely switch Bruce and Ludwick in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill. 

Price also reiterated he hasn't given much thought to batting Votto second.


Reds join Yankees in pursuit of Omar Infante


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) Free agent second baseman Omar Infante, who already has a three-year, $24 million offer from the Yankees, has another interested party -- "quite interested," according to USA Today -- in the Reds. The Reds would have to move Brandon Phillips to create an opening for Infante.

Infante is seeking a four-year, $40 million deal, which may be more than the Yankees are willing to spend, according to ESPN.com.


Yankees turn down Brandon Phillips-for-Brett Gardner offer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The Yankees have turned down a trade offer of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips for left fielder Brett Gardner, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Yankees do have some interest in Phillips but are unwilling to move Gardner in a potential deal with the Reds, who have interest in trading the second baseman.


Reds less inclined to trade Brandon Phillips


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) According to FOXSports.com, the Reds are not likely to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips this offseason. Earlier reports indicated the Reds were eager to deal Phillips and that he could be with another team by the end of the Winter Meetings, but they have not been actively looking to trade him.

Phillips still has four years and $50 million left on a six-year, $72.5 million contract.


Report: Brandon Phillips on trade block


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips could be traded by the time the Winter Meetings end, according to ESPN.

Phillips was not invited to the team's offseason fan fest, leading to speculation that he'll be traded. He hit .261/.310/.396 in 606 at-bats. 


Yankees inquired about Brandon Phillips


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) The Yankees inquired about Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The team is looking to solidify second base in case they can't find a way to bring back Robinson Cano. The price for Phillips is said to be way too steep for New York. The team also asked about Tigers second baseman Omar Infante. 

Phillips hit .261/.310/.396 in 606 at-bats.


Brandon Phillips wins 2B Gold Glove in NL


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips won his fourth career Gold Glove Tuesday night for Cincinnati. Phillips beat out Darwin Barney and Mark Ellis at second. 

Phillips hit .261 this season for Cincinnati over 606 at-bats with 18 home runs and 103 RBI. He was valuable on both sides of the ball for the Reds. 


National League Gold Glove finalists announced


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/25/2013) The finalists for the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced on Friday, with three players at each position. The awards honor the league's best defenders, and winners will be announced Oct. 29. 

The National League nominees are:

Catcher: A.J. Ellis, Los Angeles; Russell Martin, Pittsburgh; Yadier Molina, St. Louis

First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona; Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles; Anthony Rizzo, Chicago

Second Base: Darwin Barney, Chicago; Mark Ellis, Los Angeles; Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati

Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado; Juan Uribe, Los Angeles; David Wright, New York

Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Washington; Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta; Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado

Left Field: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado; Starling Marte, Pittsburgh; Eric Young Jr., New York 

Center Field: Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh; Denard Span, Washington

Right Field: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati; Jason Heyward, Atlanta; Gerardo Parra, Arizona

Pitcher: Patrick Corbin, Arizona; Zack Greinke, Los Angeles; Adam Wainwright, St. Louis


Reds haven't discussed Brandon Phillips trade yet


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/23/2013) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com he has not engaged in trade discussions involving second baseman Brandon Phillips, contrary to prior reports suggesting the team was trying to move him.

However, Jockety did not deny the possibility that Phillips could be traded this offseason, saying, "We've got some things we've got to look at on how we're going to improve our club."


Report: Braves interested in Brandon Phillips


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) The Braves may have serious interest in acquiring the services of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips if Cincinnati would take Dan Uggla in the deal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Saturday. Atlanta would also likely have to include a top prospect in the deal. 

Reds could deal Brandon Phillips during offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) The Reds could entertain dealing second baseman Brandon Phillips this offseason, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

The club was reportedly interested in signing Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero earlier in the offseason, which initially fueled the rumors. Guerrero would likely command enough money that the team wouldn't want him to be a backup. 

On top of that, Phillips angered some members of the organization with his comments this season. Phillips said he felt it was a slap in the face that the team signed a player to a $200 million deal after telling him they didn't have any money. Phillips signed a six-year, $72.5 million deal in 2012.

Phillips hit .261/.310/.396 in 606 at-bats.


Brandon Phillips can't contribute in playoff loss


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips overcame his leg injury to play in Tuesday's wild card game in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the Reds were defeated 6-2 and eliminated from the postseason.

Phillips went 0 for 4 in the game and didn't contribute offensively in the 6-2 loss as his season comes to an end.

The 32-year-old hit .261 this season over 606 at-bats with 18 homers and 103 RBI. He had 158 hits on the season to go with 80 runs scored. He finished fourth in the NL in RBI.

Brandon Phillips in lineup Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is in the  team's starting lineup against the Pirates Tuesday.

Phillips fouled a ball off his leg during Saturday's game, which put his availability in doubt. Phillips will hit fourth. He hit .261/.310/.396 in 606 at-bats. 


Brandon Phillips expected to start Tuesday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/30/2013) Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer he expects second baseman Brandon Phillips to be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's National League Wild Card game at the Pirates.

Phillips sat out Sunday's regular season finale against the Pirates after he took a foul ball off his leg in Saturday's game.


Brandon Phillips not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is not in the starting lineup for the team's regular season finale against the Pirates Sunday.

Phillips exited Saturday's game after taking a foul ball off his leg and remains day-to-day. If he does not play Sunday, he'll finish the regular season with a .261/.310/.396 line, 18 home runs, 103 RBI and five stolen bases in 606 at-bats.

The Reds face the Pirates again Tuesday in the one-game Wild Card round.


Brandon Phillips leaves after fouling ball off leg


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Saturday's game at home against the Pirates after three at-bats after fouling a pitch off his leg, MLB.com reports. Phillips singled after the injury happened but was pinch-run for by Cesar Izturis. 

Phillips went 2 for 3 with an RBI, his 103rd of the season, and a run scored prior to leaving. He is day to day and may sit out the regular-season finale Sunday. The Reds are set to play the Pirates in the wild card playoff game and Phillips wants to be ready. 

The 32-year-old snapped a 2-for-15 stretch at the plate with his performance before leaving Saturday. He's batting .261 on the year with 18 homers and 103 runs batted in over 606 at-bats. 


Brandon Phillips right back at it for Reds


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips was able to make his return to action Friday against the Dodgers. After leaving Thursday's game due to a bruised quadriceps, Phillips returned with a single.

Phillips, who hit second for the Reds, went 1 for 4 in the game. He struck out once and is batting .267 on the season.

Phillips hasn't put up a stellar batting average, but the middle infielder is already at 101 runs batted in on the year. He's homered 18 times with 23 doubles and 73 runs scored. Phillips is still producing in a big capacity.

Brandon Phillips returns to lineup Friday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the lineup Friday after leaving Thursday's game with a bruised quadriceps, MLB.com reports.

Phillips said he's "gotta play smart," which suggests there is some risk of re-injury in Friday's game. However, with the Reds in the thick of a division race, the club needs Phillips and his .267/.316/.420 line in the batting order against the Dodgers.


Brandon Phillips exits game with quad injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed from Thursday's game against the Cardinals in the seventh innings with a left quad contusion. The move was made for precautionary reasons, and Phillips is considered day-to-day.

Phillips, who was 1 for 4 with one RBI before exiting, has hit .267/.316/.420 with 18 home runs and 101 RBI in 531 at-bats.