Brandon Phillips will remain with the Reds as their 2B in 2016
A report from the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday says the Cincinnati Reds will have Brandon Phillips, 34, on their roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
Phillips has two years remaining on his current contract that will pay him, $27 million dollars. Since Phillips has played more than 10 years in the Major Leagues and more than five years with the Cincinnati Reds, he has the right to veto any trade to another baseball team in the Major Leagues until he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
Phillips rejected trades to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals during the 2015 offseason. His successor as the starting second baseman of the Reds would have been Jose Peraza had Phillip decided to play second base for either the Nationals or Diamondbacks in the 2016 baseball season.
Phillips was a second round draft choice of the Montreal Expos in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft out of Redan High School in Stone Mountain Georgia. Phillips was traded by the Expos to the Cleveland Indians along with pitchers Cliff Lee, Lee Stevens and outfielder Grady Sizemore on June 27, 2002 in exchange for Indians pitchers Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
Phillips was then traded by the Indians to the Cincinnati Reds on April 7, 2006 for a player to be named later which was Reds pitcher Jeff Stevens. It is evident that Phillips would like to end his career in the Major Leagues with the Reds after his current contract expires at the end of the 2017 baseball season.