NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees are expected to re-sign superstar second baseman Robinson Cano this offseason.
But if they don’t? There needs to be a contingency plan.
And that’s why, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman, New York has inquired about Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
According to Heyman, while the Reds would be willing to trade the three-time All-Star, Cincinnati is asking for a small army in return.
The 32-year-old signed a six-year, $72.5 million contract in 2010. He still has $50 million and four years remaining on that contract.
The four-time Gold Glove Award winner saw his average dip last season, but he still produced. He batted .261 with 18 homers and 103 RBIs.
General manager Brian Cashman has also looked into signing free-agent second baseman Omar Infante as a backup option, according to Heyman.
Infante, an All-Star in 2010, batted .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs for the Tigers in 2013. The 31-year-old also ripped 24 doubles and posted a .345 on-base percentage.
Cano has asked for $300 million from the Yankees, according to Heyman. While it’s doubtful that he’ll come close to that figure, he could very well sign a $200 million deal.
The Yankees intend to spend this winter, as they have about $80 million to work with to stay under the luxury tax.
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