Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty told reporters that he has talked to 2B Brandon Phillips and told him trade talks are now over. Jocketty said, “We’re a better team with him.”
I have read that this could be because of how much Jacoby Ellsbury got from the Yankees, which reflects what Shin-Soo Choo should get close to in free agency. Which of course is way too much for the Reds to even think about, even if they did trade Phillips. Jocketty also said that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.
Jocketty on Brandon Phillips: "I talked to him yesterday, I told him that we are not in any talks to trade him, we're a better team w/ him"
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2013