The Yankees have expressed interest in bringing back closer David Robertson, and they might be in the Andrew Miller sweepstakes, but the organization has also called other teams inquiring about their closers.
“They have talked to the Braves and likely the Marlins,’’ a person with knowledge said on Sunday.
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Unless the Braves go into a total rebuild mode, and they could, the chances Atlanta would deal Craig Kimbrel, considered by many the best closer in the game, are slim. The 26-year-old right-hander has led the NL in saves the past four seasons, and was an All-Star each year. With $34 million due across the next three seasons, he is affordable considering what Robertson, who has closed one year, is asking. This past season Kimbrel converted 47-of-51 save chances.
With the Marlins investing heavily in Giancarlo Stanton, they aren’t likely to move closer Steve Cishek after the 28-year-old right-hander saved 39 games in 43 chances. After making $3.8 million last season, Cishek is arbitration eligible for the first time in 2015.
The Hot Stove rumors dealing with Miller, Cishek and Kimbrel are either one of two things: they’re either trying to get David Robertson to lower his asking price or there’s legitimate interest. The Yankees want to bring Robertson back, but sources have already said the Yankees aren’t willing to pay Robertson the four-years, $50 Million he’s asking for.