Hot Stove Rumors: Yankees still interested in David Robertson

The Yankees have acknowledged that they would like to bulk up the bullpen, even with the addition of Aroldis Chapman.

Which is why their eye continues to be on Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson as the White Sox prepare for a full rebuild.

What was the delay? Well, the White Sox continue to ask for a big prospect haul.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Yankees are still one of the teams showing interest in Robertson’s services. But they won’t trade him unless they get good prospects in return.

Robertson is more than available, but the White Sox want a good haul for him. At worst, the White Sox believe Robertson will have a lot of value at the trade deadline, or if a team’s closer goes down. The White Sox and Blue Jays have had discussions this offseason, and the Yankees have at least thought about it, but New York is unwilling to give up the quality prospects the White Sox want. At some point, Robertson will be in greater demand.

Surrendering prospects for a pitcher that would enter either the sixth or seventh inning doesn’t add up for the Yankees. And they might only be all in on Robertson if the White Sox are willing to drop their price on the closer.

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5 Responses to Hot Stove Rumors: Yankees still interested in David Robertson

  1. Terry says:

    I always did like Robertson but I doubt this would happen. If you're not parting with top prospects for a starter,then you wouldn't do it for a reliever that wouldn't be your closer. Not to mention the reluctance of the Yankees to part with money.

  2. Al says:

    Make Pine tar a bull pen pitcher and let the kid's start.

  3. mosc says:

    Robertson's not worth his salary. That doesn't mean he's not valuable but unless they're eating money I would have very little interest. The Yankees should not even consider talent unless Chicago's picking up the majority of his salary. The Yankees were right to not get into a bidding war over him after the 2014 season.

    Could Robertson pitch well to start the year and get traded at the deadline for a prospect without Chicago including any salary relief? Probably. But his performance in Chicago the past two years has only been "OK at best", not dominant. I wouldn't count on a strong April-July from him. He could just as easily have an ERA around 4.0 at the deadline and will still be owed close to $20M at that point over the remainder of '17+'18.

    • mosc says:

      Robertson's ERA+ with Chicago is down to 115 (covers '15 and '16) where it was 150 in his 7 years with the Yankees. He'll be 32 in April and 92mph out of the pen isn't what it used to be.

  4. Danny says:

    He was a nice pitcher for us but time moves on, let's give the young guys a shot. 20 million dollars, that's Chapman money, he's no Chapman. Let's remember we're looking for? We need starter, reliever combo guys. If we have a starter blow up in the second or third inning bang, we put in young gun and let him work a few innings. If Yankees are counting pitches till guys get stronger we need 5th, 6th, 7th inning guys. I'm pretty sure that between what we have and 3 or 4 prospects I think we'll be fine! Pitchers and catchers in 10 days, here we go again!_

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