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Yankees trade rumors: Brett Gardner trade off table for New York Yankees?

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Yankees trade rumors about Brett Gardner appear to be frustrating team president Randy Levine. Recent New York Yankees trade rumors have been about exchanging Gardner for second baseman Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds. A report from ESPN on Sunday (Dec. 15) seems to indicate that the team is intent on moving forward without parting with the 30-year-old outfielder.

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While speaking on a radio show Sunday morning, Levine sought to set the record straight. Levine stated, "We think he's going to be on the roster. One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup. One will play left, one will play center."

That definitely makes a lot of sense for the franchise, especially because it gives them two good weapons batting back-to-back in the lineup. It will allow Girardi to put the game in motion and really get things set up for the power hitters in the middle of the lineup. While acquiring someone like Phillips could improve the team a lot at second base, it looks like the team doesn't want to lose the outfielder that has been with this team the longest.

These New York Yankees trade rumors about Brett Gardner might not end until the team addresses having too many outfielders on the current roster. At least one guy will have to be traded or designated for assignment before they hit Opening Day 2014.

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