Report: Reds “wouldn’t mind” trading Brandon Phillips

The Cincinnati Reds figure to be sellers at this years trade deadline and they have already had their name brought up in plenty of trade rumors, usually with either Johnny Cueto or Mike Leake as the focus of the rumor. Another name for the Reds that is beginning to be brought up in rumors is second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Jon Heyman of reports that the Reds “wouldn’t mind” trading Phillips.

Phillips, who turns 34 on June 28th, has seen his home run totals go down the last two seasons, but is still hitting a solid .295 in 58 games this season to go along with three home runs and 26 RBI.

While he has had a good season, Phillips has dealt with multiple injuries, including turf toe and a strained left groin.

Phillips is signed through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017 before becoming a free agent in 2018. If the Reds are going to trade Phillips, they will more than likely have to eat some of his contract.

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