Phillips: ‘No homeboy hookup’
There was a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer that GM Walt Jocketty said 2B Brandon Phillips option would be picked up. It is a club option worth $12 million for 2012.
That was news to Phillips, who tweeted the following very early this morning:
“Got a lot on my mind! Can’t believe that today “MIGHT” be the last time I may be wearing a @Reds jersey playing at #GABP #NoBueno”
After the game, a 2-0 victory for the Reds over the Astros where he had three hits, Phillips said this:
“I haven’t heard anything,” Phillips said. “I’m just playing. That’s all I can really do. This is where I want to be. I feel like this is my city. I couldn’t sleep last night until maybe like seven o’clock in the morning.”
It was also reported that early negotiations are under way about a Phillips extension with his agent. Phillips made it clear there would be no hometown savings for the Reds to retain him long term.
“No bueno. This is my last contract,” Phillips said. “There is no homeboy hookup. I just want to be paid what I am worth.”