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The Yankees have expressed interest in Brandon Phillips

Nov 5, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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Or “checked in” as we say this early in the offseason. You know, so as not to be so obvious about it and so we won’t come off as desperate. Heyman:

The Yankees, looking to set themselves up in case star second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, have checked in with the Reds regarding Brandon Phillips and also asked about free-agent second baseman Omar Infante.

Gotta have a fallback in place in case you lose Cano. And gotta have a plausible alternative so you can tell Cano’s agent that his price is too high.

Phillips would fit in pretty well at second base if Cano goes elsewhere, of course. Still a superior defender. Still a positive with the bat.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I’m not to worried they simply are checking in. I will Give this more thought when they start “kicking the tires” or “get the ball rolling” you know that’s when a team is serious…I know because that’s how I proposed to my wife. “Baby let’s stop kicking the tires and get the ball rolling on this marriage life doll face”. I was also born in the early 1900s just so you guys picture the top hat big over coat and cigar in my mouth….Where am I? who took my pills damn it. BARBRA!!!!!

    • mick2014 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Cano is overrated because he plays in that yankee stadium softball field. If he plays in a real big league ballpark his numbers will go way down.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        That comment is ridiculous. His home runs aren’t getting him the .300 plus batting average. If anything, a bigger ballpark would get him an even better average. Bigger parks mean more green for the fielders to cover….which equates to more hits out of a guy like Cano.

  2. largebill - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    It’s clear Reds are open to listen to offers for Phillips. Don’t think they are anxious to move him, but given his age & contract if the right offer comes along they have to consider it. Middle infielders are like NFL running backs. A sudden decline can happen in early 30’s without a lot of warning. Phillips does a fair deal of diving for balls which can wear the body out.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Do the Yankees have anything the Reds want?

      • paperlions - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        The willingness to pay 100% of Phillips’ contract?

      • jm91rs - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        I doubt paying all of his deal would be enough to move him. They have to be sure that they can replace his productivity. Losing Choo already hurts offensively, as bad as Brandon was at the plate last year he’s still better than available 2nd basemen not named Cano. I don’t even see a short or 3rd base alternative that could help enough to warrant moving him.

      • stoutfiles - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        With the money saved by moving Phillips, they could get a new 2B (one that’s worse) and a new LF (one that’s hopefully much better), plus they would be in better position to afford Bruce’s new contract.

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      “A sudden decline can happen in early 30′s without a lot of warning. Phillips does a fair deal of diving for balls which can wear the body out.”

      Which is exactly why the Yankees need to be careful about handing Cano a longterm crippling contract.

      • stoutfiles - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Or just the fact that players historically never live up to huge contracts, regardless of age.

  3. thomas844 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I wonder if the Reds would ask for Brett Gardner in return since there is a good chance they won’t be able to sign Choo.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Bad deal for the Yankees there. Maybe the Reds would include Mesoraco, since they don’t play him anyway.

      • bengalsucker - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        That would be stupid considering Hannigan is beat to hell and they’ve already stated Mesoraco will assume a bigger role next year. No chance that thought ever crosses Jocketty’s mind.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        No stupider than having him around but not playing this season. I suppose that was my point.

  4. whatthehellisansky - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Phillips contract:
    ’14 – $11m Age 33 Season
    ’15 – $12m
    ’16 – $13m
    ’17 – $14m

    So, 4 yrs/$50 million

    Vs. Cano’s Projected contract
    ’14 -$25m Age 31 Season
    ’15 -$25m
    ’16 -$25m
    ’17 -$25m
    ’18 -$25m
    ’19 -$25m
    ’20 -$25m
    ’21 -$25m

    8 yrs/$200m (and who am I kidding – he’ll get more than that)

    I’d take Phillips.

    I can stomach a 36 yr old Phillips making $14m – But the thought of a 38 yr old robbie cano making $25+ million is just too much. Yankee fans have lived thru this with A-rod. The short term upside doesnt warrant the risk of an albatross contract over 8+ years.

    Make the move for Philips. Sign Tanaka. Hell – sign McCann (which im against but if were saving the money on cano, we can afford to take that risk). And use the rest of the $$ on a Right Fielder.

    If we dont learn from our mistakes (AROD) we’re doomed to repeat them.

    • ptfu - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Well, Teix is gone in three years and A-Rod’s gone in four. So there should be a DH/1B spot available for Cano starting in 2018 if he needs a less strenuous position. Not that the Yankees want to pay big money to an old (declining? broken down?) Cano but they will at least have the lineup flexibility to maximize whatever ability he has left.

  5. cackalackyank - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I love Cano and his bat now. His defense is fine. But….5 or six years from now, there is little love of the idea of either at the kind of money he wants. So, yeah go check in with every other respectable 2nd baseman in the bigs. Just have to hope it doesn’t become Youkilis 2.0.

  6. yankee172 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Eh, too much off-field drama with Phillips.

    • bengalsucker - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Yeah because his going to little league games on his off days and doing everything possible to make fans happy, giving things away on twitter is just terrible to be doing off the field. Yeah he had the issue last year with the writer and a few years back with the Cardinals (who doesn’t agree with what he said there?), but he’s not an off the field issue.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Easy….you’re referring to facts. That is looked upon with scorn and downward facing thumbs.

      • yankee172 - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Yeah, he is.

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