Yanks reject Brandon Phillips offer

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The New York Yankees rejected the Cincinnati Reds' trade offer of All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips for outfielder Brett Gardner, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand, confirming multiple reports.

The Yankees do not like Phillips' declining numbers at his current salary, the source said.

With Phillips publicly unhappy with his contract (he is heading into the third year of a six-year, $72.5 million deal), there was a feeling he would want more money on top of the four years and $50 million remaining on the contract.

A second source told ESPNNewYork.com, however, that Phillips did not demand more money because a deal was never presented to him.

Meanwhile, officials said the Yankees still have interest in free-agent second baseman  Omar Infante but that the price -- four years, $40 million -- is too steep.

The Yankees have offered a three-year, $24 million contract to Infante, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney, confirming an earlier report by the New York Post.

Following the recent additions of outfielders Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees would listen to offers for Gardner.

If the Yankees keep Gardner, 30, he would play left field with Ellsbury in center field. Beltran will play right field and rotate with Alfonso Soriano at designated hitter.

The Yankees also have Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, who are destined to be reserve outfielders for New York or on another team.

Gardner hit .273 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 24 steals in 2013. Phillips, 32, hit .261 with 18 home runs and a career-best 103 RBIs this past season, his eighth with the Reds.

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