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Yankees reject Phillips deal
The Yankees have been busy this offseason (which is the kind of thing that happens in the Bronx when they miss the playoffs), but they've finally found a deal they don't like. They've rejected a straight-up trade of outfielder Brett Gardner for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, reportedly citing Phillips' declining numbers at second. They might be right to be concerned -- though Phillips' power numbers are freakishly consistent (he's hit exactly 18 home runs in four straight seasons), his OPS plummeted to .706 in 2013. That's a worrisome sign for a 32-year-old second baseman, but could he have rejuvenated himself in Yankee Stadium, with its short porch and hitter-friendly reputation?
We haven't had a good news conference meltdown yet this season, which is why we're thankful today for Brandon Phillips and his below-league-average on-base percentage. Phillips took issue with a Cincinnati reporter's comment on his lack of plate discipline, laying into said reporter both in the clubhouse and during Dusty Baker's pregame news conference. Phillips has been a reliable power hitter for most of his career, but his bat has gone quiet this season, although Baker has batted him cleanup for much of the season. The reporter's comment was prompted by Baker addressing Phillips' struggles by moving him in the batting order -- to the No. 2 spot.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Brouhaha. Kerfuffle. Donnybrook, even. Brandon Phillips, Yadier Molina and a scrum (there's another one) of Reds and Cardinals gave fans everywhere a rare opportunity to break out some of baseball's best words. It's like breaking out the good dishes for the holidays.
Predictably, Cardinals fans weren't thrilled with Phillips expressing how much he hates the team from St. Louis and setting the stage for Tuesday night's confrontation.
But what about the parts of SportsNation without a prior rooting interest? Is firing up this kind of rivalry a good way to spice up the doldrums of August and put the NL Central (which, by the way, is now tied after another Cardinals win) front and center?
nothing wrong with hating the other team. Even so, in 2 games the Reds haven't put up much of a fight on the field. I love my Reds, but if you want to shut the Cards up, then beat them.” -- kc3420
I understand the frustrations of teams that have been down for awhile, but be humble when you get there. That's just the sign of the times, it's not about the name on the front of the jersey anymore. It's about how can I make a name for myself. Money's done that to the game. Kinda' pathetic really.” -- jayeteee
I'm sure this wasn't the first time a player has had these types of feelings toward a division foe, this just happened to have been said at an inappropriate time and led to an unfortunate result. BP needs to learn when and when not to talk, he wants to be the Ochocinco of baseball and I'm not so sure I can handle that.” -- natifanatic717