Reds pick up option on 2B Phillips

The Cincinnati Reds exercised their 2012 club option on second baseman Brandon Phillips on Monday.

Phillips, a two-time All-Star, batted a career-best .300 with 18 home runs and 82 RBI for the Reds this past season, his sixth with the team.

The Reds also declined their team option on closer Francisco Cordero for next season.

Cordero was 5-3 with a 2.45 earned run average with 42 strikeouts, 22 walks and 37 saves.

In other Reds news, the team outrighted pitchers Daryl Thompson and Jared Burton, while starter Matt Maloney was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

Thompson appeared in one game last season and was shelled, giving up five runs on six hits in a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Burton appeared in six games for the Reds, posting no record with three walks, three strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA.

In 18 2/3 innings last season, Maloney was 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA, 13 strikeouts and four walks.