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Birth Date6-28-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight211 lbs
Age37 years, 0 months, 20 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 CLE 21 11 36 31 5 8 3 1 0 13 3 6 1 0 1 4 0 0 .258 .343 .419 .284 2.3 1.2 0.3
2003 CLE 22 112 393 370 36 77 18 1 6 115 14 77 3 1 5 33 4 5 .208 .242 .311 .192 -17.6 0.5 -1.7
2004 CLE 23 6 24 22 1 4 2 0 0 6 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 .182 .250 .273 .166 -2.4 -0.7 -0.3
2005 CLE 24 6 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .019 -1.9 -0.3 -0.2
2006 CIN 25 149 587 536 65 148 28 1 17 229 35 88 6 6 4 75 25 2 .276 .324 .427 .253 15.9 -12.0 0.4
2007 CIN 26 158 702 650 107 187 26 6 30 315 33 109 12 5 2 94 32 8 .288 .331 .485 .270 28.3 1.8 2.9
2008 CIN 27 141 609 559 80 146 24 7 21 247 39 93 5 6 0 78 23 10 .261 .312 .442 .264 20.5 2.6 2.3
2009 CIN 28 153 644 584 78 161 30 5 20 261 44 75 6 8 2 98 25 9 .276 .329 .447 .265 26.1 -3.7 2.3
2010 CIN 29 155 687 626 100 172 33 5 18 269 46 83 8 1 6 59 16 12 .275 .332 .430 .274 32.9 6.1 4.1
2011 CIN 30 150 674 610 94 183 38 2 18 279 44 85 9 6 5 82 14 9 .300 .353 .457 .285 40.2 -7.6 3.5
2012 CIN 31 147 623 580 86 163 30 1 18 249 28 79 8 4 3 77 15 2 .281 .321 .429 .263 20.1 -8.1 1.3
2013 CIN 32 151 666 606 80 158 24 2 18 240 39 98 8 9 4 103 5 3 .261 .310 .396 .257 13.9 6.0 2.2
2014 CIN 33 121 499 462 44 123 25 0 8 172 23 74 6 6 51 2 3 .266 .306 .372 .253 6.7 -7.4 -0.1
2015 CIN 34 148 623 588 69 173 19 2 12 232 27 68 4 3 1 70 23 3 .294 .328 .395 .270 24.7 0.4 2.7
2016 CIN 35 141 584 550 74 160 34 1 11 229 18 68 8 6 2 64 14 8 .291 .320 .416 .266 17.5 -4.2 1.4
2017 ANA 36 24 105 102 13 26 7 0 2 39 2 16 0 0 1 8 1 0 .255 .269 .382 .224 -0.7 -0.4 -0.1
2017 ATL 36 120 499 470 68 137 27 1 11 199 19 57 8 1 1 52 10 8 .291 .329 .423 .263 18.1 -5.1 1.3
Career18937964735510012026368352103094416108592623794920984.275.320.421.261244.5-30.822.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2000 CPF A 0 531 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ 55 239 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HAR AA 67 283 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 11 36 .284 .266 .325 .428 .259 .320 102 0.9 1.0 0 1.2 0.5 2.3 0.3 2.3 0.3
2002 HAR AA 60 267 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 55 247 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA 10 37 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB 112 393 .192 .272 .335 .437 .267 .247 95 -29 10.7 -0.5 0.5 1.2 -17.6 -1.7 -17.6 -1.7
2003 BUF AAA 43 172 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .183 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 6 24 .166 .288 .350 .435 .269 .235 102 -2.5 0.7 0 -0.7 -0.6 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
2004 BUF AAA 135 588 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB 6 9 .019 .287 .349 .493 .291 .000 100 -2.3 0.3 0 -0.3 0.1 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2005 BUF AAA 112 518 .238 .268 .331 .420 .250 .287 113 -12.7 15.1 6.8 12.5 2.2 11.4 2.3 11.4 2.3
2006 CIN MLB 149 587 .253 .267 .331 .430 .263 .300 97 -4.6 17.7 -0.7 -12.0 3.5 15.9 0.4 15.9 0.4
2007 CIN MLB 158 702 .270 .267 .330 .422 .258 .304 102 7.4 20.8 -1 1.8 1.0 28.3 2.9 28.3 2.9
2008 CIN MLB 141 609 .264 .262 .329 .415 .262 .277 100 2.7 17.6 -0.8 2.6 1.0 20.5 2.3 20.5 2.3
2009 CIN MLB 153 644 .265 .261 .330 .412 .262 .284 96 3.2 18.5 -0.9 -3.7 5.3 26.1 2.3 26.1 2.3
2010 CIN MLB 155 687 .274 .258 .321 .402 .267 .293 96 9.9 18.9 -0.9 6.1 4.9 32.9 4.1 32.9 4.1
2011 CIN MLB 150 674 .285 .256 .318 .397 .262 .322 102 16.5 18.2 -0.8 -7.6 6.4 40.2 3.5 40.2 3.5
2012 CIN MLB 147 623 .263 .256 .317 .405 .261 .298 100 2.1 17.1 -0.8 -8.1 1.7 20.1 1.3 20.1 1.3
2013 CIN MLB 151 666 .257 .253 .315 .388 .257 .281 103 -1.7 17.5 -0.8 6.0 -1.1 13.9 2.2 13.9 2.2
2013 USA int 6 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 CIN MLB 121 499 .253 .250 .309 .385 .260 .298 99 -3.3 12.9 -0.6 -7.4 -2.2 6.7 -0.1 6.7 -0.1
2014 DYT A 1 4 .661 .279 .357 .416 .293 1.000 86 1.7 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2014 LOU AAA 2 6 .104 .254 .297 .366 .228 .000 113 -1.1 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2015 CIN MLB 148 623 .270 .251 .311 .393 .258 .315 97 6.3 16.8 -0.8 0.4 2.3 24.7 2.7 24.7 2.7
2016 CIN MLB 141 584 .266 .255 .320 .415 .266 .312 97 3.4 16.5 -1 -4.2 -1.4 17.5 1.4 17.5 1.4
2017 ANA MLB 24 105 .224 .250 .316 .421 .254 .286 105 -4 3.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.3 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2017 ATL MLB 120 499 .263 .258 .325 .427 .267 .313 94 1.5 14.6 -0.1 -5.1 2.2 18.1 1.3 18.1 1.3
2018 LOW A- 6 26 .299 .260 .338 .348 .267 .300 108 1 0.7 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2018 PAW AAA 2 7 .331 .261 .355 .373 .258 .333 99 0.5 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2000 CPF A 531 74 117 17 8 11 72 38 97 23 8 .242 .309 .378 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HAR AA 283 35 79 19 0 7 36 12 42 13 6 .298 .337 .449 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ 239 36 55 12 2 4 23 38 45 17 3 .284 .416 .428 .144 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA 37 1 9 4 0 1 5 2 6 0 0 .257 .297 .457 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 247 30 63 14 0 8 27 14 39 8 2 .283 .322 .453 .170 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HAR AA 267 40 80 13 2 9 35 16 33 6 3 .327 .378 .506 .180 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 36 5 8 3 1 0 4 3 6 0 0 .258 .343 .419 .161 .284 2.3 1.2 0.3
2003 BUF AAA 172 14 27 7 0 3 13 12 22 7 3 .175 .246 .279 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB 393 36 77 18 1 6 33 14 77 4 5 .208 .242 .311 .103 .192 -17.6 0.5 -1.7
2004 BUF AAA 588 83 158 34 4 8 50 44 56 14 11 .303 .361 .430 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 24 1 4 2 0 0 1 2 5 0 2 .182 .250 .273 .091 .166 -2.4 -0.7 -0.3
2005 BUF AAA 518 79 119 24 1 15 46 39 90 7 5 .256 .326 .409 .153 .238 11.4 12.5 2.3
2005 CLE MLB 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .019 -1.9 -0.3 -0.2
2006 CIN MLB 587 65 148 28 1 17 75 35 88 25 2 .276 .324 .427 .151 .253 15.9 -12.0 0.4
2007 CIN MLB 702 107 187 26 6 30 94 33 109 32 8 .288 .331 .485 .197 .270 28.3 1.8 2.9
2008 CIN MLB 609 80 146 24 7 21 78 39 93 23 10 .261 .312 .442 .181 .264 20.5 2.6 2.3
2009 CIN MLB 644 78 161 30 5 20 98 44 75 25 9 .276 .329 .447 .171 .265 26.1 -3.7 2.3
2010 CIN MLB 687 100 172 33 5 18 59 46 83 16 12 .275 .332 .430 .155 .274 32.9 6.1 4.1
2011 CIN MLB 674 94 183 38 2 18 82 44 85 14 9 .300 .353 .457 .157 .285 40.2 -7.6 3.5
2012 CIN MLB 623 86 163 30 1 18 77 28 79 15 2 .281 .321 .429 .148 .263 20.1 -8.1 1.3
2013 USA int 27 5 7 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 .269 .269 .308 .038 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CIN MLB 666 80 158 24 2 18 103 39 98 5 3 .261 .310 .396 .135 .257 13.9 6.0 2.2
2014 LOU AAA 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 .104 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2014 DYT A 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .750 1.000 .333 .661 1.8 0.1 0.2
2014 CIN MLB 499 44 123 25 0 8 51 23 74 2 3 .266 .306 .372 .106 .253 6.7 -7.4 -0.1
2015 CIN MLB 623 69 173 19 2 12 70 27 68 23 3 .294 .328 .395 .100 .270 24.7 0.4 2.7
2016 CIN MLB 584 74 160 34 1 11 64 18 68 14 8 .291 .320 .416 .125 .266 17.5 -4.2 1.4
2017 ANA MLB 105 13 26 7 0 2 8 2 16 1 0 .255 .269 .382 .127 .224 -0.7 -0.4 -0.1
2017 ATL MLB 499 68 137 27 1 11 52 19 57 10 8 .291 .329 .423 .132 .263 18.1 -5.1 1.3
2018 PAW AAA 7 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .500 .167 .331 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2018 LOW A- 26 1 7 0 0 1 7 2 3 0 0 .318 .346 .455 .136 .299 1.4 0.2 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2086 0.4559 0.5288 0.7688 0.7434 0.3489 0.8769 0.5758 0.2312 739 0.011149
2009 2290 0.4659 0.5135 0.7934 0.6926 0.3573 0.8782 0.6499 0.2066 844 0.006821
2010 2473 0.4727 0.5144 0.8042 0.7211 0.3290 0.8802 0.6550 0.1958 962 -0.008802
2011 2486 0.4767 0.5298 0.8155 0.7181 0.3582 0.8884 0.6824 0.1845 928 -0.011892
2012 2282 0.4509 0.5372 0.8002 0.7153 0.3911 0.8832 0.6755 0.1998 815 0.002506
2013 2399 0.4469 0.5323 0.7800 0.6912 0.4039 0.8772 0.6455 0.2200 858 -0.011924
2014 1813 0.4865 0.5290 0.7779 0.6995 0.3673 0.8833 0.5877 0.2221 673 -0.001592
2015 2153 0.4830 0.5406 0.8093 0.7183 0.3747 0.8969 0.6523 0.1907 800 -0.000218
2016 2077 0.4593 0.5768 0.8097 0.7411 0.4372 0.8883 0.6965 0.1903 0 0.000000
2017 2093 0.4477 0.5581 0.8005 0.7300 0.4187 0.8933 0.6694 0.1995 0 0.000000
Career221520.46430.53540.79650.71680.37780.88450.65070.2035678.0909-0.0017

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-10 2014-08-18 15-DL 39 33 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2014-07-11
2014-06-23 2014-06-26 DTD 3 3 Right Foot Soreness Heel From Soreness From Backswing -
2014-06-13 2014-06-13 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Sprain Index Finger -
2014-04-18 2014-04-18 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-09-29 2013-10-01 DTD 2 1 - Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-09-07 2013-09-08 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Contusion Quadriceps - -
2013-06-02 2013-06-07 DTD 5 4 Left Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2013-03-29 2013-04-01 Camp 3 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-09-30 2012-09-30 DTD 0 0 - Tightness - -
2012-08-01 2012-08-07 DTD 6 6 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2012-07-30 2012-07-31 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Cramp Calf - -
2012-06-28 2012-06-29 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Headache - -
2012-04-10 2012-04-13 DTD 3 3 Bilateral Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-28 2011-09-29 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-08-10 2011-08-12 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-08-07 2011-08-08 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Sprain Player Collision - -
2011-06-02 2011-06-04 DTD 2 1 Wrist Soreness -
2011-04-14 2011-04-19 DTD 5 4 Groin Strain -
2011-04-05 2011-04-05 DTD 0 0 - Chest Soreness - -
2011-03-06 2011-03-09 Camp 3 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-09-14 2010-09-14 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness HBP 3 Weeks Ago -
2010-08-26 2010-08-29 DTD 3 2 Hand Contusion -
2010-08-08 2010-08-09 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-06-13 2010-06-15 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2009-08-21 2009-08-22 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Fracture From Previous HBP -
2009-08-16 2009-08-18 DTD 2 1 Left Hand Contusion Deep Bone Bruise - HBP -
2009-06-20 2009-06-21 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Soreness From Fracture -
2009-05-23 2009-05-29 DTD 6 5 Right Thumb Fracture -
2009-05-07 2009-05-09 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-03-21 2009-03-26 Camp 5 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-10 2008-09-29 60-DL 19 17 Right Fingers Surgery Index Finger Fracture 2008-09-12
2008-05-08 2008-05-10 DTD 2 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2007-06-17 2007-06-17 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2006-09-20 2006-09-22 DTD 2 1 Face Contusion -
2006-05-30 2006-05-31 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-05-28 2006-05-28 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2006-05-20 2006-05-20 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2006-03-19 2006-03-25 Camp 6 0 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2006-03-10 2006-03-10 Camp 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2003-04-24 2003-04-26 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $
2017 CIN $13,000,000
2017 ATL $1,000,000
2016 CIN $13,000,000
2015 CIN $12,000,000
2014 CIN $11,000,000
2013 CIN $10,000,000
2012 CIN $12,500,000
2011 CIN $11,437,500
2010 CIN $6,937,500
2009 CIN $5,187,500
2007 CIN $407,500
2005 CLE $316,800
2003 CLE $300,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$97,087,700
12 yrTotal$97,087,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 22 dACES1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/27/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 6 years/$72.5M (2012-17). Signed extension with Cincinnati 4/10/12, replacing option year of previous deal. 12:$12.5M, 13:$10M, 14:$11M, 15:$12M, 16:$13M, 17:$14M. Undisclosed amount is to be deferred. Award bonuses, including $75,000 for All-Star selection. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to 12 clubs). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Cincinnati 2/12/17, with Phillips waiving no-trade right as 10-and-5 player in exchange for $0.5M assignment bonus for any subsequent trade. (Reds to pay $13M of Phillips' $14M salary for 2017.) Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Atlanta 8/31/17.
  • 4 years/$27M (2008-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with Cincinnati 2/15/08 (avoided arbitration, $4.2M-$2.7M). $0.75M signing bonus, 08:$2.75M, 09:$4.75M, 10:$6.75M, 11:$11M, 12:$12M club option, $1M buyout. If traded, 2012 option becomes mutual option. Salaries may increase based on performance. 2008 Gold Glove increased 2009 salary by $0.25M to $5M. 2010 Gold Glove increased 2011 salary by $0.25M to $11.25M. Cincinnati exercised 2012 option 10/31/11. 2012 salary increased by $0.25M to $12.25M with 2011 Gold Glove.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2007). Renewed by Cincinnati 3/07 (split contract paying $196,200).
  • 1 year (2006). Renewed by Cleveland 3/06. DFA, acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Cleveland 4/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3168M (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/05 (split contract paying $162,000 in minors). Recalled 7/05. Optioned to Triple-A 8/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Optioned to Triple-A 3/04. Recalled 9/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3009M (2003). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/03. Optioned to Triple-A 7/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Acquired by Cleveland in trade Montreal 6/02. Contract purchased 9/02.
  • Drafted by Montreal 1999 (2-57) (Redan High, Stone Mountain, Ga.).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .268 .306 .375 .250
11 vs R (Multi) .293 .325 .416 .270
18 Split (Multi) .025 .020 .041 .020
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .256 .281 .372 .232
31 vs R (2016) .302 .331 .430 .276
38 Split (2016) .046 .050 .058 .044
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)"Low minors second base prospect is always a tough profile." Ahhh, so THAT'S why every scout crapped all over me, and Dustin, and Cano, and Mookie B., and on and on and on. Maybe second base shouldn't be looked at as a "tough profile" any more than any other position.
(Jose Altuve from Cooperstown, but later)
So Pedroia was a shortstop prospect until Double-A, Cano was mostly a shortstop until High-A (and looked like he would end up at third if we're counting), and Betts played all over the place. People will bring up Jose Altuve until the cows come home, but isn't the guy who turned out to have an 8 hit more the exception than the rule?

Here's an exercise: group your favorite X number of MLB second basemen and see how many were second basemen in the low-minors.

I'll start. Aside from the above, Daniel Murphy wasn't, Ian Kinsler wasn't, Ben Zobrist wasn't, Javier Baez wasn't, Brandon Phillips wasn't, Neil Walker wasn't, Dee Gordon wasn't, Logan Forsythe wasn't, Brian Dozier mostly wasn't, I think Jason Kipnis and Rougned Odor moved there in High-A, hell even Joe Panik moved there in Double-A. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many AB's do you predict for Reds Peraza and Dilson Herrera?
(Bobby from NJ)
How many do you predict for Brandon Phillips? They split the rest more or less. It isn't an easy decision, I get it, but Reds probably need to move on and evaluate what they have here. I still like Herrera, FWIW. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Pick two: Joe Mauer, Kolten Wong, Matt Holliday, Khris Davis, Brandon Phillips, Pedro Alvarez. These would be the last two keepers in a 5x5 roto league. (Keeping Panda, Shields, JZimm, Starlin already)
(Lior from MN)
Definitely not Phillips or Davis. I'd probably go Mauer and Holliday. (Ben Carsley)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Phillips is your dynasty league 2b. You have no backup. How aggressive are you in trading for Odor as his backup/successor?
(JoJo from SD)
The opening to this question was more depressing than The Road. Woof. I'm extremely aggressive in this scenario. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)When is Matt Holliday's breakdown going to start? Projection for this year?
(Ryan from Arlington)
Well, you could make the case that his performance breakdown has already begun--as Sam pointed out today in his article about Brandon Phillips, declines aren't always a straight slope, but Holliday's TAv has gone down for four straight seasons. That said, I'm not aware of any reason why he'd suddenly fall apart or be unable to stay healthy. PECOTA projects the same WARP as last season (3.4), with a slight bounceback on offense. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Soup starter: Matt Kemp to Cincy for Brandon Phillips. What needs to be added, and dare the Reds get bold and try Billy Hamilton at 2b, at least until Ludwick's deal is up, at which time they put Kemp in LF and BHam in CF?
(DF from Wilmington, NC)
I think the Dodgers would have to kick in some money to make this happen and even though their pockets are deep I think the goal in moving Matt Kemp is to try to save money, not add another long term contract in Brandon Phillips. I suspect that the Dodgers are more likely to move Andre Ethier than Kemp and aren't simply going move Kemp for salary relief. It also seems that the Dodgers are going to try Alexander Guerrero at the keystone and if they do bring in a 2B will bring in someone more "marginal" to compete for the job.

The Reds priority is going to be to make Billy Hamilton comfortable both at the plate and on the field so I think it's unlikely they move him to 2B. That doesn't mean it's impossible, but the club seems committed to keeping him in the outfield for now. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Votto's paucity of RBI was a topic of big discussion last year. What should we expect on the RBI front in 2014 and how would you rank him among 1B in a standard 5x5?
(RMR from Cincinnati)
Hey RMR.

All of this depends on whether or not the Reds put someone decent in front of him in the lineup. Votto was virtually the same as he ever was but suffered through Todd Frazier's miserable OPS and a wounded Brandon Phillips most of the year. If Billy Hamilton can get on base at a semi-decent clip/stick, then Votto's RBI opportunities instantly go up. I'm an unashamed, unapologetic Votto lover. In my mixed valuations last year, only Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Davis, and Michael Cuddyer ranked higher at 1B (not including any non-OF who were 1B eligible). If Miguel Cabrera isn't 1B eligible in your league on Opening Day, Votto's 3rd behind Goldy and Davis. Some of this is just the weakness of the position, some of it is that runs count - and Votto's walks lead to runs - but some of it is that I like valuing skills over stats, particularly since even in a "down" year Votto was still a Top 25 mixed league hitter. I might even put Votto ahead of Davis when I actually sit down and rank these guys in February. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's talk about the 2b market. Cano has to stay in NY, right? Is Brandon Phillips staying in CIN for 2014? Who needs a 2B that can handle him and has something to offer?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
If Cano landed elsewhere that would surprise me. We know the Royals and Marlins could use new second basemen, and perhaps the Orioles (depending on how they feel about Weeks, Schoop, and retaining Roberts). With Ellis and Infante out there, too, it's hard to see those teams-well, at least the Marlins-giving up too much for Phillips. Maybe the Braves decide they prefer BP to Uggla and La Stella? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dexter Fowler recently hit on the hand by a pitch, is it fair to assume he will have a temporary slip in power similar to Brandon Phillips? Also will this have a long-term effects on his already high ISO level. Thanks, looking forward to the next TINSTAPP!
(Jake from CC)
I think that's fair to plan for and go from there. Impossible to know because there isn't a one-size-fits-all HBP meter, but ya I'd plan for a little regression based on playing through pain just to be safe. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite MLB players?
(Brian from Boston)
My favorite player is Derek Jeter. He's number one for me. After Jeter, I love watching Elvis, Brandon Phillips, Miguel Cabrera swing a bat, Drew Stubbs in the outfield, Bryce Harper doing anything. I could probably list a bunch. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Phillips - $27 stud to build a team around in a 4x4 10 team NL auction league, or chum to be thrown back into the pool to soak up other people's dollars?
(Ratcatcher from Gormenghast)
Neither...he's a keep in a league with any kind of inflation but certainly not a guy I'd build my team around either. (Mike Gianella)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much longer can Brandon Phillips sustain his multi-faceted game? Given his stellar D and solid bat, would the Reds be wise to extend him?
(Johnny from NYC)
I love Phillips. They team holds an option for '12, so there isn't a crazy rush, but I think he is a player worth keeping around. I wouldn't go crazy, but I'd explore a 3/4 year ext. (Jason Parks)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Jays got more back than the Twins did for Johan Santana (it would be hard to do worse, I think)." As you note, that's setting the bar pretty low. Is that the worst trade of the last ten years? I can't think of any that are worse off the top of my head...
(mattymatty2000 from philly, pa)
Only time will tell, but I think you can make strong cases for the Expos' acquisition of Bartolo Colon (Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips to Cleveland) and the Braves' acquisition of Mark Teixeira (Neftali Felix, Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia - yeah, I can spell it without looking - et al). Still, it's in the picture for the clinkers of note. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worst trade of the 00s has to be June 27, 2002: Omar Minaya of the Montreal Expos trades away Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore and Lee Stevens for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. As a Nats fan, I still have delusions of how what they'd be doing right now.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I'll always defend that one. On that date, Minaya had little reason to believe those players would ever be Expos. He did exactly the right thing under those circumstances. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina...Love your work, it always brightens my day. Quick question on my beloved Reds. The Reds haven't had a legit SS since Barry Larkin retired and they have no real prospects lined up at the position (particularly with Chris Valaika struggling mightily in AAA). What do the Reds do for 2010 if they can't bring in a FA or trade acquisition? Could they move Brandon Phillips back to SS or is he too valuable at this point at 2b? It just seems like the franchise has a number of guys who would be better fits at 2b. Would love to hear your thoughts.
(JoshC77 from Columbus)
Hi Josh, thank you for the kind words. I've been suggesting Phillips as their best-possible answer at short for a couple of seasons now, especially given that they play in a bandbox and can't really afford to wind up with some slick-fielding offensive non-entity when they're already shy of star players in the lineup. An infield with Votto and Rolen at the corners, Phillips at short, and Todd Frazier at second might not be enough to carry that outfield, but it's a start in the right direction. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would this offseason be a good time for the Reds to trade Brandon Phillips, what with Todd Frazier coming down the line and their whole payroll going to about four players? It seems like they could get something real pretty in return.
(Charles from Detroit)
It's worth considering, because after Mark DeRosa and Orlando Hudson in the free-agent pool, you've got Placido Polanco. The problem will be Phillips' back-loaded contract and whether the Reds will eat any of it, because otherwise the number of teams willing to trade for a guy due to make $11 million in 2011 are few and far between. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it safe to write-off Delmon Young as a bust?
(Reggie from Montgomery)
Well, I hate to rush these things; for every David Green, you might find a guy like Milton Bradley or Brandon Phillips. There might be factors in play here that only time and hard experience might iron out, so I wouldn't put this on the Twins. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you Reds fans finally have reason for optimism with a solid young core of Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Phillips, Chris Dickerson, Johnny Cueto, and Edinson Volquez?
(Brandon from Charleston)
Absolutely, there's reason for optimism so long as Dusty Baker doesn't mangle those arms.

I had the Reds as my sleeper team last year and while they didn't get there, most of the guys you mentioned are fascinating, with a ton of upside. The series I watched most closely all year long was when the Reds came to Yankee Stadium in late June.

I don't see the Reds with a shot at the 2009 NL Central but I think third place is a possibility with the right moves this winter. One of which might be taking out a restraining order against Baker from coming to the ballpark. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kind of a wierd question, can you say anything about how former prospects will often fade, then resurface? The extreme example is Hamilton, but Paul Wilson had a couple good years after faltering, Brandon Phillips, etc....
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
It certianly happens, and it follows the scouting cliche of "tools play" (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)You compared Tim Beckham to Brian Roberts--could you elaborate? Brian Roberts at SS...Brian Roberts with more power...or simply Brian Roberts?
(ddknowles77 from Eugene, OR)
I meant to say Brian Roberts and Brandon Phillips, because those are the types of do-everything players I see as Beckham's potential. Yes, Beckham gets more points because he's a true shortstop, and a truer shortstop than Phillips ever was. If he has more power than Roberts, I don't think he'll have more power than Phillips. He probably won't be as patient as Roberts, though. Some sort of hybrid of those two players is Beckham's ceiling, for me. And that's a pretty good ceiling for a SS, by the way. (Bryan Smith)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Are "busted prospects" the next Moneyball-type steals? Brandon Phillips, Josh Hamilton, etc.
(Hank from Colorado)
Ha, good question. If anything, I think these guys teach organizations that it's never a good thing to quit on a guy with fantastic talent. Now the Rays had no choice with Hamilton, who was truly just a prescient pick by the Reds. But with Phillips, I think the Indians quit on him a little early. It was easy to do given that he was running his mouth, but I think you wait it out. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible that 2 of the Reds' top 3 hitters won't even be in the Reds' Opening Day lineup with Votto and Bruce? In addition, will the other one of the top 3 (Dunn) be hitting 5th behind OBP-deficient Brandon Phillips?
(birkem3 from Dayton)
One of the challenges the Reds face is that despite a good collection of hitters, they don't have a leadoff hitter. (The Cubs have this problem as well.) Brandon Phillips is a second baseman with speed, but should probably bat fourth for them. Or seventh.

I'd lead off Keppinger, I guess, because he's a bad #2 guy (GIDPs) who could post a .350 OBP. Obviously, playing Votto and Bruce, especially Bruce, is the most important issue. The thing is, Hatteberg is a nice little player. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where would BJ Upton rank on your list of 2B today?
(tschiera from Brooklyn)
That's a good question, since he slots in nicely alongside Brandon Phillips (#3). Phillips probably has more power at present (I'm leaning towards his 75th-90th rather than his weighted mean, personally), but Upton will probably best him in average. Both of them are going to get you steals too, so it's a matter of team building preference. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any insight in to why Brandon Phillips scored so poorly in SFR? I'm no scout, but he consistently gets good jumps, moves well, and has very good hands. I just can't accept that Rich Aurilia played a better 2B than Phillips...
(TheRedsMan from Chicago)
Great question. Well, SFR liked him back in 2003 when I had him at +5 :)

So in 2006 I had him at -16 and 2007 he was -9. UZR has him at +3 in 2003 and -5 in 2006 and +3 (half season) in 2007.

Simply put, I don't have any good answers at this point but it's not like UZR sees him as a super defender either.

It's important to keep in mind that SFR for each infielder is affected by the guy(s) playing next to him. This is the case because it partitions ball that make it into the outfield. If Phillips has very poor defenders at first and (less so) at shortstop his numbers will be affected. There are also perhaps positioning issues that come into play that SFR can't address at a detailed level. Still, his numbers for me have been pretty consistently low and so it's kind of a mystery. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will - tell me what to expect from B.J. Upton this year. Seems like he is knocking on the door of monster land. 40-40?
(MDM from Glendale, MO)
I'm not sure if Brandon Phillips is on Upton's comparable list, but I think Upton has that kind of talent, if he applies himself. (Will Carroll)


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DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableBrandon Phillips just stole third with a left-handed hitter up. There were two on in the 8th with the hitter representing the tying run. He was safe on a close play, but the question must be asked: WHY? (David Laurila)
 

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