Brandon Phillips will almost assuredly be a Red next year. He has a $12 million option. While no talks of an extension are currently going on, it sounds as if the Reds will exercise the option.

Brandon Phillips will almost assuredly be a Red next year. He has a $12 million option. While no talks of an extension are currently going on, it sounds as if the Reds will exercise the option.

"He's got an option," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "That's what options are for. We might try to get something done later."

But Phillips would like an extension beyond next year.

"I told the Reds and the whole world this is where I want to be," Phillips said. "If it doesn't happen, I'm going to be very, very disappointed. I feel like I've made this a second home. I bought a house here. This is where I want to be, man. The fans just took me in.

"I feel like I need to stay here and give back. Hopefully, it happens. If it doesn't happen this year, I feel in my head and my heart, it's not going to happen."

Phillips says the option getting picked up is no given.