Yankees reject trade offer of Brandon Phillips for Brett Gardner

Were the Yankees right to turn down a trade offer that could have landed them Brandon Phillips?

12/12/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

May 19, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees baserunner Jayson Nix (bottom) attempts to break up a double play by sliding into Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsAccording to various sources (including ESPN), the New York Yankees turned down a trade offer that would have landed them one of the best possible replacements for Robinson Cano at 2B.

The Reds reportedly asked for OF Brett Gardner in exchange for 3-time All Star second baseman Brandon Phillips. The Yankees rejected it, and appear to be very hesitant to move Gardner, who is signed for $2.85M this season.

Phillips is a 4-time Gold Glove winner, most recently winning the award in 2013, but many people view him as one of the more overrated 2B, both offensively and defensively. His advanced metrics suggest that he wasn't actually the best 2B in the National League last year, or even close to it. Offensively, he has a career OPS+ of 96, suggesting that he's a slightly below average hitter.

Last year, he had a career-high 103 RBI, mostly thanks to the privilege of hitting behind Joey Votto, one of the best hitters in baseball.

The Yankees have made some questionable moves, including their huge contract to Jacoby Ellsbury, who has missed significant time over the course of his career, but it would seem like they were wise to turn down this trade offer.

They certainly need to find a way to replace Robinson Cano's production in their lineup, but Brandon Phillips isn't the guy to do it.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

12/12/13   |   Scott   |   54652 respect

Even though he drove in over 100 RBI's last season, Philips overall stats have dropped the last couple of seasons and given he's due something like $60 million over the next 4 years, I agree that it's a good move to not make that trade.

That said, the additions of Beltran and Ellsbury gives the Yankees 6 outfielders for 3 spots.  I have to think the only player that the Yankees could get something for would be Gardner, even though personally I think he is also a bit over rated

12/12/13   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Obviously it depends on how the Yanks plan to fill the void at 2nd base, but ultimately I am in favor of the move not to make this trade. 

Agreed. I think the Brandon Phillips name shines brighter than his actual production at this point, and at the end of the day the Yankees didn't want to take on 100% of his massive contract which won't expire until 2017 if I'm not mistaken.

12/12/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Obviously it depends on how the Yanks plan to fill the void at 2nd base, but ultimately I am in favor of the move not to make this trade.