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Report: Reds shopping Brandon Phillips; Jays have interest

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TSN.ca Staff
11/16/2009 1:29:49 PM
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A few months after sending Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds in trade, it looks like the Toronto Blue Jays have interest in making another move with them.

According to a Jeff Blair report in the Globe and Mail, the Reds, who look to be interested in cutting down their salary, could be shopping second baseman Brandon Phillips.

If that were the case, Blair says that the Blue Jays would have interest in Phillips, who they would move to third base, as Silver Slugger Aaron Hill is entrenched at second.

Phillips has two years left on a contract that will pay him a total of $19 million.

While there were no players mentioned in the report, a move to add Phillips would likely spell the end of Edwin Encarnacion's stay. Encarnacion was part of the Rolen deal, and will make $4.75 million in the last year of his contract in 2010.

Blair also points out that Phillips wouldn't be a stranger to both adviser Tony LaCava, who was with the Montreal Expos when they drafted him in 1999 - and part of the Indians organization when they acquired Phillips in the Bartolo Colon trade, and general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who started his career in baseball with the Expos.

Red Sox eyeing Scutaro?

Staying on the left side of the infield, there is word from ESPN's Peter Gammons, who on the weekend discussed Boston's interest in Marco Scutaro.

According to the report, the Red Sox, who have decided to move Jed Lowrie to Triple-A to show that he can stay healthy in 2010, would love to add Scutaro but might balk at the cost.

Scutaro is an Type-A free agent to whom the Blue Jays will almost assuredly offer salary arbitration. If the Red Sox were to sign him, they would have to give up a first round selection which is something that they would only consider if they managed to add some other picks. And that might happen if other teams sign the Red Sox' Type-A free agents Jason Bay and Billy Wagner.

Brandon Phillips (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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