Some more congratulations are in order for a certain Mr. Phillips:
From The Enquirer:
Brandon Phillips added two nice lines to his resume just as he and the Reds are negotiating a contract extension. He won his first Silver Slugger award tonight after winning his third Gold Glove in four years yesterday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got some leverage,Ã¢â‚¬Â Phillips said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whatever happens, happens. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just happy IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had the success. This was a very blessed year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The comment about leverage is unsurprising given what we’ve heard from Phillips. He isn’t going to come cheap. Certainly, he had a fantastic year. There’s no doubt, really, that he was the best second baseman in the NL and a bargain at $12M. While one canÃ‚Â understand his desire to have a substantial raise, whether or not the Reds should pay him extra for what he’s already done is another matter entirely. Phillips has become a very important cog on the Reds both in terms of performance and personality. It’s going to be interesting to watch the contract negotiations.