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.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
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.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine 'Mix-And-Match' Study Finds Moderna Booster After J&J Single-Shot Produced Major Increase In Antibodies
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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