Posted December 12, 2013

Reports: Yankees reject Brandon Phillips-for-Brett Gardner trade offer from Reds

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The Yankees didn't want to part with Brett Gardner for Brandon Phillips. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Yankees didn’t want to part with Brett Gardner for Brandon Phillips. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees rejected an offer from the Cincinnati Reds to trade outfielder Brett Gardner for second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to multiple reports.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report the news, which has been confirmed by multiple other outlets.

On its surface, the deal would have allowed the Yankees to fill the gaping hole at second base that was left by Robinson Cano’s departure to the Seattle Mariners. They would have given up Gardner, who is slated to play left field in what has become a crowded Yankees outfield.

But a source told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that the Yankees were wary of taking on Phillips’ salary in the midst of his numbers declining for the past two seasons. Last season, the 32-year-old Phillips hit .261 with a .706 OPS, belting 18 homers and knocking in 103 runs. Just two years ago, he hit .300 and had an .810 OPS. He is owed $50 million over the final four years of his current contract.

The Yankees have made it clear that they are willing to listen to offers for Gardner, in the wake of signing both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to play in their outfield. Gardner hit .273 last year with eight homers, 52 RBI, and a .760 OPS.


15 comments
Rico1
Rico1

Yankee haters make me sick. Damned if you. damned if you don't.

excitableboy88
excitableboy88

The Yankees have treated the small market teams like their own minor leagues, simply there for New York's entertainment and restocking needs.  Cashman hasn't thought past 'this season' for a decade now, so to refuse this trade exemplifies that typical Yankee arrogance.  Yes, Phillips isn't on the Plus side of his career anymore, but really, can we be honest here....what Yankee is?

champdailey24
champdailey24

The Yankees are the rich kid with no common sense. 

Maybe Gardner can take some reps at 2nd base in Spring Training.

O
O

Try Gardner at second.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Money aside I'd rather have Phillips than Gardner.  I think he'll bounce back w/ much better numbers this season.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Yankees showed some smarts on this deal.  Phillips is in steep decline and owed $50M.  I wouldn't take him if the Reds offered him for an 8th round draft choice.  Got to be able to get more for Gardner than this.

Rico1
Rico1

@excitableboy88 So now that they didn't take him you find fault. Yet, if they did make the trade it considering they can "afford" Phillips you would be like "Yankees trying to buy another championship". 

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@champdailey24The no common sense move would have been to take this trade.   No team with any common sense would give Phillips a $50M contract at this stage.

SonoraDick
SonoraDick

@DanaBunner


Not only that, the report is the $50 million is not enough for Phillips... He wants to re-negotiate! Just what NOBODY needs... a player going downhill who's unhappy until he robs the bank again.  

AustinGiwer
AustinGiwer

@DanaBunner @champdailey24 you have no idea you look at those numbers and think it tells everything. What it dont tell you is bp played injured the 2nd half of the year trying to help us get into the playoffs. He hurt his wrist when pit hit him. Hes a 290 hitter when healthy im glad as hell bp didnt get traded