NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees have rejected a trade proposal that would have sent Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to New York for speedy outfielder Brett Gardner, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Phillips, 32, has four years and $50 million left on his deal.
A partial no-trade clause in his contract includes the Yankees, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported. It’s been speculated that Phillips would have asked for more money to complete a trade to New York.
The Yankees have a glut of outfielders — thanks to the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran — and a big hole at second base after the departure of Robinson Cano. But general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday the team isn’t shopping Gardner, though they will listen to offers.
“We didn’t sign Ellsbury to allow us to trade Gardner,” Cashman said. “It’s just that boomerang came around quick and everybody has made phone calls on Gardy.”
The Yankees’ preference is to trade Ichiro Suzuki, according to multiple reports. Outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Vernon Wells are also on the roster.
Phillips, a three-time All-Star, hit .261 with 18 home runs and 103 RBIs for Cincinnati last season.
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