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