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The Reds could explore trading 2B Brandon Phillips this winter, the team's legendary radio announcer Marty Brennaman said today on MLB Network Radio.

In an effort to further shake up the team, in the wake of firing Dusty Baker today, the Reds know Phillips is their best chance to free up payroll and bring in immediate-impact prospects, according to Brennaman.

Phillips, 32, has four-years and $50 million left on his current contract, during which he will earn just $11 million in 2014.

He has played 140 games each of the last six seasons.

In 666 plate appearances for the Reds last season, Phillips hit just .261 with a .310 OBP, 18 home runs, 24 doubles and 103 RBI, while batting slightly better against right-handed pitching.

Omar? Is that you? Hey, if we can get Orlando Hudson to broker this deal, it will finally put 2009 to rest... In all seriousness, this is slightly interesting. Phillips is clearly on the decline, but still a second-tier second baseman. I prefer Daniel Murphy's bat, mostly because Brandon's production will go down when not hitting between Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto (and in Great American Ballpark).

Phillips has a significantly better glove than Murphy, but again, he's getting older. I haven't heard his name connected to the Mets, but it's early in the process. The Mets are open to anything -- from trading Murphy to moving him to first, all in an effort to improve the team -- so, if Phillips is available I'm sure we'll see rumors involving him and the Mets at some point this winter.

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