Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was rumored to be on the trading block through much of the early offseason. One of those rumors connected Phillips with the Yankees -- likely as a Plan B to possibly losing Robinson Cano to free agency. Well, at Redsfest Saturday, general manager Walt Jocketty had something to say about those trade rumors. Interesting. One might recall earlier this week that Jocketty told reporters he had personally called Phillips and told him that he doesn't "have any talks going with any clubs right now" in terms of possibly trading Phillips.
Jocketty: Yankees leaked Phillips trade rumor as tactic to retain Cano
CBS Sports | Dec 7