Five players to avoid this winter

You better hope that your team is not the one heating up the Brandon Phillips rumor mill. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Unless you're that neighbor, your Halloween decorations were taken down a week ago, leaving your home free of ghosts, zombies, green witches in need of a dermatologist and slowly rotting pumpkins. You might be thinking ahead to turkey and mashed potatoes, but baseball's decision-makers still have their own haunted house to get through.

Baseball's offseason is full of opportunity, but also fraught with peril for general managers. These terrors won't stalk you and your friends with a chainsaw through a Victorian mansion on a dark, rainy night -- probably not even Scott Boras -- but many will give front offices a serious case of buyer's remorse.

Several players in particular stand out to me as possibilities that should be run away from, as quickly as possible, even if they're not wearing a hockey mask or brandishing an ax.


Brandon Phillips | 2B | Cincinnati Reds

It's no secret at this point that the Reds are interested in moving Phillips in the offseason. While he has been a key part of Cincinnati's lineup in recent years and signed his current contract extension just a year and a half ago, there has been tension between Phillips and the Reds, partly stemming from contract negotiations that were heated at times.