By Jesse Borek

What would you say if the Cincinnati Reds could acquire a four-time Gold Glove winner, who also happens to be a three-time All-Star, produced a 30-30 season in his career, and had hit at least 17 home runs in eight straight seasons?

Well, some may be surprised to find out that the Redlegs already have that player in their organization, and he currently mans second base. Let me introduce you to Brandon Phillips, the single most important player on the Reds’ 25-man roster.

Transcendent talents come along so few in a generation that their greatness can almost be under-appreciated.

While he batted .281/.321/.429, with 18 home runs and 77 runs batted in, his true value was defensively. His 1.6 dWAR in 2012 is tied for the highest of his career.

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