Thursday, December 12, 2013
ESPN.com's Andrew Marchand reported that the Yankees have turned down an offer from the Cincinnati Reds that would have sent outfielder Brett Gardner to the Buckeye State for second baseman Brandon Phillips.
GM Brian Cashman has maintained that the Yankees aren't (actively) shopping Gardner, but when you take a look at the Yankees needs and the lack of money to spend, it would not shock anyone if the speedy outfielder was dealt. Through arbitration or a one year deal, Gardner is likely to earn in the neighborhood of $4MM in 2014.
Phillips has a limited no-trade clause and the Yankees are reportedly on it. It's been said he wanted more money if he were to waive the no-trade to go to the Bronx. Considering Phillips turns 33 in the middle of next season and is owed $50MM over the next four seasons, saying no was no-brainer.