New York Yankees: Brandon Phillips
December, 12, 2013
A source told ESPN New York that Infante is looking for four years and $40 million in free agency. While the Yankees like Infante and need a guy just like him, they think that is too rich.
Infante hit .318 in 2013 could be the every day second baseman and could possibly be a replacement for Alex Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, sources say that the Yankees felt that Phillips is owed too much money and is in decline so they did not want to sacrifice their best trade chip for him. The Yankees also thought that if they did a deal for Phillips -- who strategically has them on his no-trade list -- he would ask for even more dough.
Phillips, 32, is owed $50 million over the next four years. His OPS has gone .810 to .750 to .706 the past three seasons. He is a tremendous fielder. It is unclear how he would handle New York considering last season he blew up at a Reds' beat guy who simply tweeted his on-base percentage.
Meanwhile, the price of Gardner is at least a No. 4 starter, according to sources. If they don't find their price, they are acting as if they will be very comfortable keeping Gardner and then cutting loose some of their other spare part outfielders.
Besides Gardner, the Yankees have Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki.
ELLSBURY AT 11: The Ellsbury press conference will be at 11 a.m. on Friday.
RULE V: The Yankees lost RHPS Tommy Kahnle, Mikey O'Brien, Kelvin Castro and Felipe Gonzalez in the Rule V Draft and OF Ravel Santana.
They did not pick any players because they have 40 players already on their 40-man roster.
December, 12, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Since the Yankees began their listening tour for Brett Gardner, there have been rumors about a possible trade that would send Brandon Phillips to the Yankees for Gardner. Sources have played down the Yankees' interest in Phillips, but still the rumors persisted.
There was a report by CBS that Phillips also wanted more money to waive his no-trade clause if the Yankees had agreed to a deal. While players often put teams they are willing to go to on their no-trade list as a negotiating tool, in this case, a source told ESPN New York that Phillips was never approached by the Reds about waiving anything.
So, the Yankees continue to listen on Gardner and, as we wrote on Wednesday, it seems more likely they would deal him for a starter than something else. As of now, though, the right opportunity hasn't presented itself.
Question: Would you have traded Gardner for Phillips?
November, 6, 2013
AP Photo/Tom UhlmanIf Cano goes elsewhere, will the Yankees show Brandon Phillips some love this offseason?This winter will be a tumultuous one for the Yankees, with a lot of new faces expected to be brought in and old ones to depart. To keep up with it all in the blog, we will track each of the players the Yankees are trying to keep or pursue in a feature we call Market Watch.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is looking into his backup plans in case Robinson Cano does not return. The biggest name on the trade market is Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. CBS Sports reported that Cashman has "checked in" on Phillips.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Cashman has contacted the agent for the Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante.
Cashman is going to be calling around on a lot of guys, just to take the temperature of agents and fellow GMs. In this case, I would say Infante is a real fallback possibility, while Phillips seems unrealistic.
Phillips, who turns 33 next year, is owed $50 million over the next four seasons. If Cano goes, that could fit into the Yankees' budget. But Phillips is a guy whose OPS has declined the past three seasons from .810 to .750 to .706. Plus, he got mad at a Reds beat reporter for tweeting out his on-base percentage. Imagine if he had to deal with this guy?
The Yankees also don't have many chips to give up. Cashman is hesitant to trade prospects (see Corey Black-Alfonso Soriano). With limited resources, I don't see him going all out for Phillips.
Meanwhile, Infante makes more sense as a plan B. Infante, who turns 32 in December, is coming off his best season in which he hit .318 with a .795 OPS in 118 games. He made $4 million in 2013 and the Tigers did not offer him a $14.1 million qualifier.
Infante is not a great player, but he could be a solid bridge guy if the Yankees must replace Cano. If Cano was to leave, the Yankees would have to have a two-fold approach. First, replacing Cano in the field and then finding more power in the lineup. There is no available second baseman who can duplicate what Cano brings, which is why he may receive a contract worth more than $200 million.
If Cano leaves, I could see the Yankees trying to make an even harder push for Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, or possibly Shin-Soo Choo, if they are still on the market.
QUESTION: Would you want Infante or Phillips?