Oct 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips before the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sources: Yankees rejected Gardner-Phillips trade offer


After the New York Yankees signed some help in the outfield, they were looking to shop Brett Gardner. There were multiple reports of a trade involving Gardner and Reds 2B Brandon Phillips. However, that trade offer was quickly shut down by the pinstripes.

From ESPN,

The Yankees do not like Phillips’ declining numbers at his current salary, the source said.

With Phillips publicly unhappy with his contract (he is heading into the third year of a six-year, $72.5 million deal), there was a feeling he would want more money on top of the four years and $50 million remaining on the contract.

A second source told ESPNNewYork.com, however, that Phillips did not demand more money because a deal was never presented to him.

Phillips is one of the next best 2B’s out there, now that Cano is signed to a long term deal with Seattle. Would you have liked to see Phillips in the Bronx, or can the Yankees find someone else for cheaper? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  • martintm

    Nah, I prefer Brett Gardner a million times over Phillips. The Yankees just need to sign Omar Infante!

  • JoeDaBeast

    Even though I feel that Phillips’ bat and speed could be more of a catalyst than Gardner, I agree that I’d prefer to stick with our guy. Second base does not need to be a huge run contributor, even though Cano has spoiled us for some time over that. Just get a solid YOUNG defender and work on his making some contact at the plate, a Willie Randolph-type player.