Brandon Phillips signed a 6-year deal worth $72.5 million. Not bad work…
Between 2009 and ’11, Phillips was a 13.6 WAR player (according to Fangraphs.com), ranking 6th among qualifying second baseman. And you can debate whether or not the #1 player on that list should or shouldn’t be considered a full-time 2B.
- Ben Zobrist (Rays) – 19.2
- Chase Utley (Phillies) – 17.6
- Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 16.4
- Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) – 16.2
- Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 15.8
- Brandon Phillips (Reds) – 13.6
- Rickie Weeks (Brewers) – 11.6
Utley once looked like he was headed towards a Hall of Fame career. But injuries have taken their toll. Remove him from this list and you’ll note Phillips is tops among National League second basemen.
He’s also a consistent 1- or 2-rated second baseman is Strat-o-Matic, which is important to some of us nerds.