PHOENIX -- The sound has been more crickets than rumblings this spring when it comes to progress on a contract extension for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. Perhaps that will change soon. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Saturday that he expected to meet with Phillips' agents, the Levinson Brothers, when they get to town. "They will be here this coming week," Jocketty said. "That's all I am going to say. There's nothing more to talk about until I talk to them."
Phillips, who is going to play out the $12 million option of his contract this season, has made his desire for a long-term deal public since early last year. The two sides haven't been close in previous talks, and there was little-to-no negotiations over the latter portion of the offseason.
Jocketty said the club was open to continuing talks into the season, something that Phillips has also said earlier this spring.Phillips, who has been with the Reds since 2006, can be a free agent after the season.