The Yankees would like to resign David Robertson to remain in The Bronx. Just in case, Genius Cashman has been talking to clubs about possible replacements for the free-agent closer, whose wish for a four-year deal in the area of $50 million might carry the right-hander out the door.
Cashman and his assistants have spoken to both The Braves and The Marlins
If the Braves are in a total rebuild mode, and they might be, the chances Atlanta would deal Craig Kimbrel, who may be the best closer in the game, are slim. Kimbrel, the 26 year old righty 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. In 2014, Kimbrel converted 47-of-51 save chances.
With the Marlins investing heavily in Giancarlo Stanton, they might move Steve Cishek after the 28-year-old right-hander saved 39 games in 43 chances. After making $3.8 million last season, Cishek will be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2015.
The Yankees are not interested in the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon, who is signed for next season at $13 million and has a vesting option for $13 million in 2016.
As for Robertson, it only takes one team to meet his wishes for a four-year deal and $50 million after he succeeded Mariano Rivera by posting 39 saves in 44 chances.