Report: New York Yankees inquire about Reds 2B Brandon Phillips

CINCINNATI -- The New York Yankees have inquired about the availability of Cincinnati Reds Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to CBS Sports .

Baseball insider John Heyman reported the inquiry.

Phillips could be a perfect fit for the Yankees, as the Bronx Bombers' All Star 2B Robinson Cano is testing the waters of free agency, and could sign elsewhere after he sought a huge paycheck from New York.

Even if Phillips' asking cost for a trade is high from the Reds, it won't compare with Cano's $300 million request.

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Phillips is by no means an easy sell to be rid of, after hitting 100 RBIs, making the All Star team and single-battedly propelling the Reds' offense through several parts of the 2013 season, but several off-the-field incidents have led upper management to reconsider if he's the best fit for a team that needs an attitude overhaul.

Phillips still has $50 million and four years left on his contract extension signed in April 2012 , negotiations on which he he has been outspoken on how rocky they were.

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