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.
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.