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Reds have interest in Omar Infante, but need to move Brandon Phillips first

Dec 12, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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Another potential suitor has joined the Omar Infante sweepstakes: the Cincinnati Reds. But, as Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports, they would need to move current second baseman Brandon Phillips first. Recently, the Yankees — sans Robinson Cano — and the Royals have had the strongest links to Infante.

As for Phillips, the Reds offered him to the Yankees straight up for outfielder Brett Gardner, but their proposal was promptly denied. Phillips wanted to re-open his contract to add more money in order to waive his no-trade clause. With that fact now out in the open, teams will be a bit more reluctant to deal for Phillips.

  1. aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    dat dude crazy

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    “Phillips wanted to re-open his contract to add more money in order to waive his no-trade clause. With that fact now out in the open, teams will be a bit more reluctant to deal for Phillips.”

    As if 4 years and $50MM for a player that will be 33 in June of 2014 and who’s offensive numbers have been in decline for the past 3 years isn’t enough reason to teams to have second thoughts about trading for him.

    • pisano - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      My friend… The Yankees need to quit dragging their feet on Infante, if he wants a fourth year, give it to him, look what they saved on Cano. Infante’s contract is small potatoes for the Yankees. I’m afraid their going to dog dick around and someone else is going to sign Infante.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        I think 4 years is a stretch for Infante. If he had other teams offering him 4 years He would have taken it already. As best I can tell and I could be wrong there aren’t that many teams in need of a 2nd baseman and even fewer looking to sign what will be a 32 year old Infante to a $30MM plus 4 year deal.

        Besides since the Yankees have an offer on the table I’m sure if another team makes an offer Infante’s agent will probably give the Yankees a call to see if they want to amend their offer before he signs elsewhere. Just my opinion.

  3. yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Omar Baby needs to play this right. He’s linked to everybody these days..

  4. davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Who would want Phillips- a soon to be 33 year old 2B, and his bloated contract. Last 2 seasons: .271/.315/.412, can’t run well anymore, to go along with a cancerous personality. And by the way, he wants even more money added to his already bloated contract. Sounds like a real gem!

    Trading Gardner for Phillips would have been a big mistake. Cashman made the right decision.

    • redsfan4lyfe - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      The only thing unsexy about Phillips is his contract. I think the whole “clubhouse cancer” piece is way overblown. So he criticized the GM–who cares? He’s still a ridiculously good defensively and he had a down year offensively after a hand injury. Whether or not he’s on a massive decline is a risk everyone has to evaluate. I think if you need an good defensive 2B and an average-above-average offensive player, he’s your guy.
      As a Reds fan I’d love to see him stay (fan darling), but if you can improve your team and move him it’s all business. I think the Gardner/Phillips think will happen somehow, unless Infante complicates matters. It’d be a good deal for the Yanks if they got some pitching in exchange. They wouldn’t need him to carry the offensive load.

    • timburns116 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Cash an May have made the right decision, but Brandon is not cancerous. He is joy to watch play. He plays hard and the smile on his face when good things happen reminds that he loves his job.

      He isn’t perfect, but he’s not some ass-face like Chris Carpenter

  5. yournuts - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I wouldn’t trade Gardner for Phillips straight up ever. Need some pitching from Cincinnati too.

  6. thomas844 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Or the Reds could sign Infante now and be like, “Hey Yankees, now you HAVE to trade for Phillips, ha!”

    • Kevin S. - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      And the Yankees would be like “Hey Reds, you’re way over your budget now, you have to just give away players, ha!”

      • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Maybe, but then the Reds can say, “OK we will start the season over-budget, and you can start it without a Big League second baseman, and as each day passes we will see who has the most leverage”.

        Not that the Yankees wouldn’t have other options, Brian Roberts as an example, but over budget does mean much if it only lasts a couple of weeks.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:21 AM

        I think the Yankees are more comfortable rolling with Kelly Johnson than the Reds are holding an *actually* redundant player who’s already overpaid and using his partial NTC as leverage to be overpaid even more.

  7. ningenito78 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Brandon Phillips is going to end up on the Yankees. They have a ton of money and need a 2B. Eventually Phillips will give in and accept.

  8. paperlions - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Why would the Reds want to overpay for Infante, when they already have an overpaid 2B.

    Infante is 6 months younger than Phillips, and he’s not as good as Phillips. If it’ll take 4 years and nearly $40M to sign him, why bother? You still probably have to kick in money just to trade Phillips. That is a whole lot of effort to get worse and save a maximum of $2-3/year for 4 years.

  9. stackers1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    As a Yankee fan, I wouldn’t be that upset if they stayed with what they have at 2nd base. I would, however, be PO’d if they didn’t start to address pitching soon!

  10. bfunk1978 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Reds are going to have to give Philips more money and then in turn actually give that money to the team that takes him. Cutting ties with him is going to be very hard to do financially though I’m sure both parties are motivated to do so.

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