Brandon Phillips defended his comments from the August issue of Cincinnati Magazine that said he felt his six-year, $72.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds was a "slap in the face" and that he'd been lied to by general manager Walt Jocketty and owner Bob Castellini.

"I have nothing to get off my chest. What did I say wrong? Please tell me, what did I say wrong? I want to know what I said wrong. Please tell me. I want everyone to tell me exactly did I say that was so wrong?" Phillips said.

"I haven't paid attention to what people are saying. When someone wants to do a story about you and they want to ask questions, that's what it's all about. It's about people asking questions and you don't back down from any questions and you tell them how you really feel. I don't feel like I said anything wrong, I didn't disrespect nobody, if I did, it's someone in the front office.

The thing is, they know what happened, so I don't understand why everything's a big deal. And fans, I didn't say anything, I love this city, I love Cincinnati, I'm happy to be here, I'm happy with the contract that I got. I'm happy for Joey (Votto). I talked to Joey about it, Joey doesn't really care about what they say. He understands. He respects what I said. I say things other people won't say, that's the type of person I am. What I said. I didn't say anything wrong. If I said something wrong, tell me what I said wrong."

Votto said he understands why Phillips questioned his big contract extension — a 10-year, $225 million deal in 2012.

"Brandon is always totally honest," Votto said. "He's been my teammate for six or seven years now, and I love playing with him. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.