With the trade deadline ending at 4:00 p.m. E.T., the Yankees are hard a work adding another player…and it could be a reliever.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees and San Diego Padres are hammering away at a possible deal for reliever Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel would provide insurance to the Yankees bullpen and could even slot into the closer role to give the bullpen more depth (Justin Wilson / Chasen Shreve in the sixth, Dellin Betances in the seventh and Andrew Miller in the eighth). One would imagine the deal would have to include a top prospect, and it could possibly be Rob Refsnyder or Gary Sanchez, considering Brian Cashman said those two weren’t ‘untouchable’. The best part of the potential Kimbrel deal is he’s not a rental. His contract goes into the year 2018.
Kimbrel in 42 games this season is 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP.
UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, talks between the Yankees and Padres regardg Kimbrel have fizzled. Talks ended last night and the Yankees haven’t revived talks for Kimbrel as of this morning.