Any team still looking for a starting second baseman is out of options on the free-agent market. Guys like Robinson Cano, Omar Infante and Mark Ellis are long gone.

There’s still the trade market, though. And on that market is one intriguing option: Brandon Phillips.

Yes, it has indeed been a long while since Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Cincinnati Reds had every intention of trading the veteran second baseman over the winter, and the rumor mill has had little to say ever since December.

However, Phillips really shouldn’t be ruled out as a candidate to be moved during spring training. Needs tend to arise during the exhibition season, after all, and it still makes sense for the Reds to move him.

MLB Lead Writer Zachary D. Rymer is here with a rundown on Phillips’ trade candidacy, from what makes him attractive to what teams might be wary of to which teams might be interested in doing business with Cincinnati.

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