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.