Hot Stove: Yankees have called about Kimbrel, Cishek


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.

According to George A. King of the New York Post, the Yankees have called the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins about closers Craig Kimbrel and Steve Cishek.

“They have talked to the Braves and likely the Marlins,’’ a person with knowledge said on Sunday.

More from King:

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.

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18 Responses to Hot Stove: Yankees have called about Kimbrel, Cishek

  1. I would hate to see the Yankees giving up prospects to get Kimbrel when D-Rob said that he was willing to re-sign for non-closer money a year ago. Hopefully this is just a ploy to get D-Rob on more reasonable terms because it would suck to waste prospects because of poor planning.

  2. Celerino says:

    I don't understand why they asked about Kimbrel. He's due to make almost the same as what D-Rob wants over the same four years. If they're not prepared to give the closer job to Betances, they should just give D-Rob what he wants and get on with it. Maybe there really isn't anything to the story and Cashman was just being thorough and methodical, asking about just about everyone.

    • tom says:

      If 3/39 is true then Yankees would have to beat this price. That price may be more than Kimbrel's contract.

      • Celerino says:

        Kimbrel gets 9,11,13,13 over the next four years, a total of 46. Even if 3/39 becomes 4/52, they might as well as well sign D-Rob, unless the 6 million and draft pick is worth the prospects it would cost. It just doesn't make sense. I doubt that the conversation ever got serious.

        • tom says:

          6m cheaper. That is all that count. lol.

          Yankees talking about Kimbrel could lead us to believe that they won't beat the highest offer Robertson gets.

  3. Bob says:

    Id pay Kimbrel DROBS asking price in a heartbeat. Why? Cuz Kimbrel is a better closer. Has done it multiple years and is a multi time All Star as a Closer. DROB has one year as a full time closer and wants a contract for being an elite closer. He has less than 50 career saves. Maybe he had more than one year as a closer his contract demands could be warranted. Let him walk and be lucky some other team is willing to part with a draft pick to sign him.

  4. tom says:

    I am not sure what value Yankees have that would be sent to Braves for Kimbrel but acquiring both Kimbrel and Simmons would be terrific.

    Cishek? I don't know. Let's stick with in house prospects.

  5. John says:

    I don't know, but I have seen enough of Drob to know he can pitch in the hard hitting east and it has gotten tougher over the last few years. If you an get Miller, too, then you are set for 7,8 and 9th innings. After throwing away millions on stop gap players, like Beltran, Roberts, Ichiro and thornton, at least Drob can pitch. Just sign him and fill in with the youngsters.

    • nancyratner says:

      I agree with you.

    • hotdog says:

      it's a tough issue because you're paying 2 guys, Robertson and Miller, some big money and although Miller won't get 4 years $50M, he's looking at a big payday even as a setup man…his versatility makes him a possible closer anytime…so in effect, you would have 3 guys capable of closing…i don't think you put Betances back to a 7th inning slot after his year, and you don't put DRob anywhere but as the closer I believe…so that leaves Miller as your 7th inning guy…an awesome bullpen but the money it would cost to grab Miller might not be worth it if he's a 7th inning guy as important as that may seem…i think it's either Miller or Robertson and my hope is that the Yankees stay with the guy that has performed exceedingly well in the spotlight of New York…Miller could come in and be a bomb…

  6. nancyratner says:

    anyone they get will cost more I wish they would use there farm system instead of getting rid of them that's why we don't have anyone for those positions shortstop,2 and 3 base.

  7. hotdog says:

    if they can't or won't sign DRob, they should reel Andrew Miller in and figure out who will be the setup man and who the closer during the season…my sense is that one of them will take to the role well…and paying up for Miller as a setup man with his versatility sounds like money well spent, something in short supply in Yankeeland…then they should go after McCarthy…

  8. John says:

    Sign D Rob he has what it takes to close in NYC. Get it do and move on. Let's go.

  9. john says:

    Sign D Rob he has what it takes to close in NYC. Get it done and move on.

  10. Norman says:

    sign D-Rod .we need a shortstop and a good pitcher

  11. DRob is not worth more than they paid MO!!!

  12. tommy cassella says:

    what the hell did david robertson do that was so damn bad. ? it seems like the yanks are getting cheap all of a sudden.if they sign miler, you know it will be at least for four years. what does that tell you about the way they feel about robinson.

    • hotdog says:

      i don't know…he did blow some saves but that's to be expected especially in your first year as a closer and he had some big shoes to fill…his k/9 improved quite a bit and hit hits/9 stayed steady…he just gave up a full run more/9 innings, era at 3.08 which isn't bad but not great either…i'd rather give Robertson the money over the next 4 years than anyone else but his asking price is for a closer and he doesn't have the track record in that position to perhaps warrant top closer money…he may be better suited to be a setup man but we don't know that without seeing how he does over the next season or two and that would entail paying the man…

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