Phillips arrives to camp
Brandon Phillips was another early arrival to Reds camp on Wednesday morning. Position players don’t have to be here until Friday. Phillips took batting practice and infield work with the other early arrivals.
At this time last year, Phillips was worried about not having a long term contract beyond 2012. He was talking about it at the end of the regular season. A deal was not reached during the off-season so it was natural question to come up after Phillips’ first workout.
“I thought it would be over with by now. It is what it is,” Phillips said. “The only thing I can really do is go out there and play the game and do what’s best for the team. I love the moves that we made to make the team better. That’s what it’s all about. We’ll all go out there and win and get things done. My day will come. I’m not really worried about it. I’ll let my agent and the Reds take care of that themselves. It would have been nice to come to camp knowing that things would have been done with but it actually didn’t work out that way.”
There has been no known movement in negotiations for a while. Phillips also hasn’t gotten any recent updates from his agents — the Levinson brothers.
“I haven’t heard anything since…I can’t remember. It’s been that long,” Phillips said. “It’s been before Redsfest [in December]. I heard my agent was going to come down here and talk to them during Spring Training. Hopefully they can get some things done. Like I’ve said, this is where I want to be. I’m not trying to break the bank or nothing like that. I don’t want Prince Fielder money or nothing like that. I just want to be within the other second basemen. That’s what I’ve asked for.”
Would Phillips set a deadline to stop negotiations so he can concentrate on playing?
“Not really,” he repled. I don’t see myself saying anything like that. I would really love to hear what they’ve got to say. I am not going to let it bother me. They’re going to be talking to my agent more than myself. My agent will bring it to my attention. I’m going to be worried about hitting the ball and catching the ball. That’s what it’s all about. I’m not an agent. Even though if I wasn’t a baseball player, I’d be an agent.”