Brandon Phillips, on the elephant in the room:

“I haven’t really thought about it. I just know I have another year here,” he said. “I’ll just be waiting on the what the Reds are going to do and what other teams are going to do. Other than that, I play for the Reds and I’m happy. I can’t wait to finish my career or finish my contract out here.”

Phillips said he wants to play for the Reds in 2017.

“This is where I want to be,” he said. “That’s why I’m still here, I’m happy. I played great for this city. I proved a lot of people wrong. I love the haters. They motivate me. I prove people wrong – just like I’m going to prove them wrong next year – and hopefully I can be healthy the majority of the season and I can put up numbers like I used to.”

Go read the entire piece. You already know what I think about this. Where Brandon Phillips is playing next year is going to be an early litmus test for the seriousness of the Dick Williams regime, when it comes to this rebuilding process.