Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Report: Reds showing increased interest in Brett Gardner

In yet more trade speculation originating from the winter meetings, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Reds are "indeed interested" in Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner.

The Pinstripes are looking to move Gardner out of the Big Apple after inking free agents Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to multi-year contracts. And Cincinnati may have an interest in Gardner to help fill the void left behind by Shin-Soo Choo in center field and leadoff.

However, the Reds are rumored to be reluctant to part ways with second basemen Brandon Phillips or starting pitcher Homer Bailey in return. Cincinnati seems to be more than willing to give up southpaw Sean Marshall and the remaining $12 million on his two-year deal, instead. Wisely, the Yankees don't seem too keen on the idea of that.

For those unfamiliar with Gardner, the 30-year-old is entering the seventh season of big major league career, having spent his entire professional career in New York's organization. A career .268/.352/.381 hitter, Gardner is set to earn around $4 million next season, before hitting free agency come 2015. He batted .273/.344/.416 with 33 doubles, 10 triples, 52 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 2013.

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