Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blue Jays 'love' Yankees' David Robertson: Report

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back closer David Robertson in 2015. But since it's starting to sound like the GM feels his team now has enough bullpen depth to handle the workload, it might be a long-shot that Robertson still suits up in the Bronx next season.

And the closer might be packing some long johns too.

According to the N.Y. Post, the Toronto Blue Jays  “love”  Robertson and might be willing to give him the long-term contract the Yankees refuse to do.

Casey Janssen saved 25 games with a 3.94 ERA for the Jays last season, but he’s a free agent and Robertson is the top reliever on the market. Robertson had 39 saves with a 3.08 ERA for the Yankees last season but rejected the club’s $15.3-million, one-year qualifying offer in search of a long-term commitment.

Robertson is reportedly seeking “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million. The Yankees would obviously be interested if he reduced his asking price. 

And since Robertson hasn't budged, the Yankees just might let him get it elsewhere.

After signing left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to a four-year contract worth $36 million Friday, it lessens the Yankees' need for a top reliever who could close games.

In return for Robertson, the team signing him would give the Yankees their top pick outside of the first 10 choices.

While Cashman didn’t close the cage door on Robertson’s return, the team has left it open just enough for him to fly north.

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