The trade deadline is less than 30 minutes away and the biggest name the Yankees are connected to at this point is San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Padres are refusing to trade Kimbrel to the Yankees unless they include minor league shortstop Jorge Mateo in the deal.
Sherman went on to say that there was no chance of the Yankees working out a deal with another Padres pitcher and ruled out Joaquin Benoit and Ian Kennedy. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later tweeted that the Yankees are under the belief that, with Mateo off the table, the Padres will trade him to another team.
Mateo was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Yankees system according to this website. He’s hit .275/.344/.384 with an amazing 70 stolen bases in 91 games at Low-A Charleston this season. He’s likely not going to sniff the majors until 2018, but is easily the best shortstop prospect the Yankees have had in a long time.
Kimbrel is a 27-year-old closer with a career ERA of 1.59 across six seasons in the majors. Kimbrel is in the second year of a four-year, $42 million contract. He’s owed $24 million over the next two seasons and his contract includes a club option in 2018 for $13 million (Cot’s).