Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Report: Yankees have inquired about acquiring Brandon Phillips

There seems to be even more evidence that the Reds are actively trying to trade All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips.

On Tuesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the New York Yankees have inquired about the availability of the 32-year-old, and the asking price is supposedly steep.

The Yankees are undoubtedly looking for a backup plan if free agent second basemen Robinson Cano signs with another team. Cano is reportedly asking for an unprecedented deal in the ballpark of a whopping $300 million, which is more than the traditionally loaded Yankees are even willing to give.

At four years and $50 million, Phillips is a relative bargain, and he presents a very alluring option if Cano doesn't re-sign in the Bronx, obviously.

Although Phillips is coming off a season where he knocked in 103 runs and won his fourth career Gold Glove, most consider his individual numbers to be a mild disappointment, as he saw decreases in both average and on-base percentage.

Nonetheless, Phillips is still an established player with a lot of value to add to any team, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that clubs are checking in on him.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles are teams that may looking for help at second base this offseason, too.

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