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FOX Sports: Reds willing to deal big name players, discussed Phillips to Arizona

Brandon Phillips (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW File) Brandon Phillips (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW File)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Reds are open for business and willing to listen on potential offers that may send some of the team's mainstays out of the Queen City, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. 

The Reds are willing to part ways with some of the team's big names including closer Aroldis Chapman, right fielder Jay Bruce, and second baseman Brandon Phillips, Rosenthal said this week. 

On Wednesday, FOX Sports reported that Reds' trade discussions include a potential deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade would send Phillips to Arizona and second baseman, Aaron Hill, would come to Cincinnati. 

Phillips would have to waive a no-trade clause due to his 10-5 rights in the league. The second baseman has at least 10 years of service with at least five of those years with the Reds. 

Hill hit .230, with 6 home runs and 39 RBIs last season. He will make $12 million in the 2016 season and becomes a free agent next offseason. Phillips is set to make $13 million this year, but is also under contract for $14 million in 2017.

A straight Phillips-Hill trade would seem as a salary dump for the Reds. The trade could potentially open a spot for Eugenio Suarez who impressed after filling in for an injured Zack Cozart last season.  

Rosenthal also reported the Reds would be 'open-minded' on offers for Todd Frazier and Joey Votto. 

“We still wanted to be somewhat protective of our club last year," Jocketty told Rosenthal. "We had certain guys we just didn’t want to move. We started at the deadline knowing that we would gear up — ’16 would be a transition year and in ’17 and ’18, we think we could be stronger and more competitive.

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