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CLEVELAND ? (AP) ? Infielder Brandon Phillips, a one-time starter who never fulfilled expectations in Cleveland, was traded by the Indians on Friday to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named or cash.

 

The clubs announced the deal shortly before the first pitch of the Indians' home opener against Minnesota.

 

Phillips won the starting job in spring training and was at second base for the Indians on opening day in 2003. But he struggled and was sent back to the minor leagues at the All-Star break after batting just .210 ? the AL's lowest average among qualifying players ? in 88 games.

 

The 24-year-old has spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A Buffalo. He was a September call-up in each of the past two years, but batted just .129 (4-for-31) with one RBI.

 

The Indians had run out of options on Phillips, who came over with Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee in the six-player deal that sent Bartolo Colon to the Montreal Expos in June 2002.

 

Phillips had a decent spring training this year, but he couldn't beat out Ramon Vazquez for the Indians' utility infield spot.

 

He has always been a spectacular fielder, even after being moved from shortstop to second base. But Phillips' swing has been his downfall. While with Cleveland, he fell in love with hitting home runs and despite efforts by the Indians to make him a better contact hitter, he never became one.

 

In 135 major league games, Phillips drew only 19 walks and struck out 92 times.

 

To make room for Phillips, the Reds designated infielder Matt Kata for assignment. He was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on March 15.

 

Phillips is expected to report to Cincinnati in time for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.

 

The teams have until June 15 to complete the deal.

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You might have 4 second basemen, but none of them are really worth a darn.

 

Womack's off to a good start huh? Doesn't take away from the fact that he is horrid defensively and is one of the worst starting players ever with the bat, or was last year at least.

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You might have 4 second basemen, but none of them are really worth a darn.

 

Womack's off to a good start huh? Doesn't take away from the fact that he is horrid defensively and is one of the worst starting players ever with the bat, or was last year at least.

 

Yes Ryan Freel and Aurilia suck.

 

:rolleyes:

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Wasn't he the centerpiece of the Colon deal?

 

 

Yep. :lol

 

They got Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee in that deal too, so I think they did ok.

Well yeah, Sizemore made it a steal, and Lee only helped, but I remember everyone freaking about Phillips.

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