Brandon Phillips is not a better option than Daniel Murphy for the Mets

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Hot Stove, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by Sports Illustrated

Photo by Sports Illustrated

In an attempt to shake up an under performing playoff team the Reds have had interest in trading 2B Brandon Phillips and the $50 million left on his contract. Many Mets fans have asked why the Mets haven’t been involved in acquiring the popular second basemen.

For starters Phillips has $50 million left on his contract over the next four years. Phillips, 32, hit .261 with 18 homers and a .310 OBP last year. Despite his theatrics in the field, Phillips is no longer a better option at second base than Daniel Murphy. Phillips had a lower Average, OPS, OBP, WAR and extra base hits than Murphy. He is also due $45 million more than Murphy and doesn’t make sense for a team that has so many other holes.

Phillips also clashed with the Reds front office about how they handled his contract and had an altercation with a Cincinnati reporter who criticized his on base percentage.

Phillips will likely stay with the Reds because they will not be able to get much in value for him in addition to getting another team to take on the entirety of his contract. He is not an option for the New York Mets.

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