At the moment, Phillips is unsigned, seeking a one-year $4.2 million contract. The Reds are offering a one-year $2.7-million contract. It is likely it will go to binding arbitration, unless Phillips and the Reds agree on a long-term contract.
“I’d love a long-term because I want to be here the rest of my career,” he said. “I mean that. Barry Larkin did it, and I want to be just like Barry Larkin. I want to be the next Barry Larkin, and I want to be better than Barry Larkin. He wore that ‘C’ (for captain) on his chest, and he is the reason I play baseball.”
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