The Reds Intend to Trade Brandon Phillips This Off-Season

Brandon Phillips has been a Pirates killer, but might be moved by the Reds this off-season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Brandon Phillips has been a Pirates killer, but might be moved by the Reds this off-season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds saw a boost this season. A big reason for this was that the Pirates were competitive, and were competing with the Reds for the Wild Card spot. They swept Cincinnati in the final weekend of the series to get home field advantage in the Wild Card game. That was followed by a win at PNC Park in the Wild Card game, eliminating the Reds and leading to Dusty Baker getting fired.

There are other reasons for the rivalry, other than competitive reasons. There are the hit batters, with the Reds hitting Andrew McCutchen several times. There’s the departed Dusty Baker and Aroldis Chapman playing villains due to those hit batters. And of course there’s Brandon Phillips, who isn’t liked by fans of many teams due to his outspoken personality and his tendency for public complaints.

That part of the rivalry might disappear next year, as the Reds are looking to trade Phillips this off-season, according to Bob Nightengale.

It’s easy to hate Phillips if you’re on the other side. But trading him might be a good move for the Reds. Phillips was 32 this year, and saw a decline for the second straight season. In 2011 he had an .810 OPS. That dropped to .750 in 2012, and .706 this year. He is also owed $50 M over the next four seasons.

This might also be good for the Pirates. Even though Phillips has gone downhill, he still crushes Pittsburgh. He had a .302/.357/.460 line in 63 at-bats this year against the Pirates, including a .407/.485/.741 line in 27 at-bats at PNC Park. In his career he has a .301/.350/.479 line against the Pirates, with a .322/.377/.469 line at PNC. So while trading Phillips would be a smart move overall for the Reds, it would definitely help to see a Pirates killer getting moved out of the NL Central.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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