The Cincinnati Reds and Brandon Phillips fell out of love with each other in 2013 or possibly before. Because of that it is known that they are shopping him around this week at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. Phillips has been one of the better second basemen over the course of the last few seasons so naturally there would be some interest from teams that need a second baseman. Strangely enough it is known now that the New York Yankees refused a trade involving Phillips.
On the surface that might not make sense because Phillips has been almost as good regularly over the past several seasons as Cano has been so why wouldn’t they want him? The answer is probably quite easy to understand actually. While Phillips is certainly valuable on defense and offense, he also is owed $50M over the next four years. The Yankees have built quite a team instead of agreeing to pay a lot to a second baseman so why would they pay Phillips a ton of money when he will be 32 through 35 years old during the last part of his deal?
Details are sketchy and there is no guarantee that the Yankees will not revisit the talks about Phillips from another angle. The biggest deal breaker apparently was that they didn’t want to trade Brett Gardner. Also Phillips would have had to wave his no-trade clause to get the deal done and it is believed he would demand more money to do so. Chances are the Yankees are fine with the people they have. Good non-move for the boys in the Bronx.