In a bit of a stunning turn of events, the New York Yankees had a chance to replace the departed Robinson Cano with a trade offer from the Cincinnati Reds, but it looks like the Yankees didn't like what was presented to them.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN has reported that the Yankees turned down a one-for-one swap that would have landed them all star second basemen Brandon Phillips in exchange for center fielder Brett Gardner.
The 32-year-old Phillips regressed a bit in 2013, but is still considered to be one of the best second basemen in the sport and one of the most logical trade options to replace Cano, who left last week to sign with the Seattle Mariners on a 10-year, $240 million deal. Phillips still had another four years and $50 million left on his contract, which would have been a lot cheaper for the Yankees to afford as opposed to signing Cano to the deal he was looking for.
There were reports earlier in the day that the Yankees were looking for starting pitching in a deal for Gardner; perhaps someone like Homer Bailey, so if the two sides were to revisit this deal again; especially since both sides can benefit from each player involved in the deal, maybe the Reds add in a pitcher for the Yankees like Bailey to entice them to take Phillips and the rest of his contract.
Gardner became expendable to the Yankees with the recent signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to the starting outfield; the Yankees are also looking to trade Ichiro Suzuki as well this winter.
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