By John Fay

Brandon Phillips is almost certainly going to be the second baseman through 2017. Phillips reached 5-and-10 rights this season, i.e., as a 10-year veteran with the last five years with the same club, he can reject any trade.

Phillips is as good as it gets defensively. He’ll likely win his fifth Gold Glove this year. He makes all those spectacular plays as well as the routine ones. His career fielding percentage is .990. He passed Ryne Sandberg (.989) as the all-time leader in fielding percentage for National League second basemen.

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