We’re going to run a series of these threads during the off-season, starting today with Brandon Phillips. I’d like to get the Nation’s collective wisdom regarding BP. Is Phillips overrated, underrated, or just rated? Which 2Bs are better, and what is his future with the Reds?

Tell us what you think about Phillips.

I’ll have more later, but my quick hit is that I like BP, but he’s clearly overrated. That’s not to say he isn’t good — he is — but he’s not as good as everyone seems to think he is. In that way, he’s kinda like the anti-Dunn. People love him for the things he does well, while ignoring the things he does poorly.

All in all, he’s a fairly valuable guy to have around, but not irreplaceable…as long as he’s being used correctly. And I don’t think anyone would argue that Phillips has been used correctly over the last year or two (he decidedly is not a cleanup hitter).

What do you think?