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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Houston Astros Interested in New York Yankees’ David Robertson

November 23rd, 2014 at 12:57 AM
By Doug Rush

The identity of one of the several teams interested in New York Yankees closer David Robertson has been revealed on Saturday night and it's a rather surprising one to say the least.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported that the agent for David Robertson has been contacted by the Houston Astros and have expressed interest in the Yankees closer, as the Astros are looking to add a significant name to be their closer for the 2015 season.

"A year ago, a Yankees homegrown All-Star bolted for a lousy American League West team. Could David Robertson follow the trail blazed by Robinson Cano? The Astros have communicated with Robertson’s agent Scott Leventhal to express their interest in the Yankees’ closer, an industry source said."

It's not clear if the Astros will be able to meet Robertson's asking price, which is around $13 million per season, or as some have put it, "Jonathan Papelbon money," which is the four-year, $50 million he got from the Philadelphia Phillies almost three years ago, which if they don't intend to spend that high, could lead them to spending on either Andrew Miller or Sergio Romo.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Yankees Have Discussed Signing Pirates, Angels Closer Jason Grilli

November 22nd, 2014 at 12:53 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees are preparing themselves in case their closer David Robertson decides to take more money elsewhere on the free agent market and bolt out of the Bronx.

Considering Robertson is looking for the kind of money Jonathan Papelbon got three years ago with the Philadelphia Phillies, Robertson may have priced himself out of the Yankees range and they are looking elsewhere in case his demands don't come down.

Sweeny Murti of WFAN has reported that the Yankees have discussed signing Los Angeles Angels closer and long-time MLB reliever Jason Grilli.

"Should the Yankees end up losing Robertson, they will be looking for another bullpen arm, even if it’s not specifically as a closer. There will be a long list of names to consider should that happen, especially once the non-tender guys hit the market next month. One name that has already been discussed by Yankee brass and likely will be again if necessary is Jason Grilli. Grilli is a well-traveled 38-year old right-hander who was an All-Star closer for Pittsburgh in 2013, but tailed off and was traded away in 2014. Grilli, a local boy from Seton Hall, pitched for the Tigers against the Yankees in the 2006 Division Series. He faced just one batter in the entire series, retiring Gary Sheffield on a ground out in Game 1. Why is that even slightly interesting? Because Sheffield is now Grilli’s agent."

Grilli, spent the 2014 season first with the Pittsburgh Pirates and then the Angels, as he was traded from Pittsburgh to L.A. in late June and posted a 1-3 record with a 3.48 ERA while serving as the setup man for Huston Street, who was also acquired at the trade deadline as well.

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Raul Ibanez not Interested in New York Yankees Hitting Coach Vacancy: Report

November 22nd, 2014 at 9:18 AM
By Doug Rush

Well, cross off another possible hitting coach candidate for the New York Yankees for 2015.

The Yankees were interested in Raul Ibanez for the hitting coach job, which was vacated in early October after the team fired Kevin Long after seven years at the position, but as George King of the New York Post reported on Saturday, the former Yankee outfielder isn't interested in the position.

"Ibanez, who never has managed a game at any level, remains a legitimate candidate for the opening. And if he doesn’t replace Maddon, Ibanez doesn’t want to coach according to a person with knowledge of the situation."

At first, Ibanez was considered to be "intrigued" and even interested in the job, but since the Rays have come calling about their managet vacancy with Joe Maddon's departure, Ibanez's interests have changed.

Ibanez is currently one of three finalists for the Tampa Bay Rays manager position along with Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Ibanez has still yet to announce that he's retiring from baseball, although if he's going for a managing position, there's a very good chance that he may be done as a player.

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Yankees’ David Robertson Will Get ‘Jonathan Papelbon Money,’ According to an N.L. Executive

November 21st, 2014 at 3:49 PM
By Doug Rush

Some people thought it was crazy and insane for New York Yankees closer David Robertson to seek out "Jonathan Papelbon money" as far as a contract goes (four years, $50 million range), some don't think it's as crazy for Robertson to be seeking that kind of money this winter.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York wrote on Friday that some of baseball executives, none of which of course would go on the record, feel that Robertson will get that kind of money, if not the exact dollar amount, pretty close to it.

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New York Yankes Continue to Monitor Alex Rodriguez’s Status; Trainer to Visit A-Rod Soon

November 21st, 2014 at 1:54 PM
By Doug Rush

Even at 39-years-old, the New York Yankees are still making a pretty big investment into Alex Rodriguez, especially since they are on the hook for the rest of his three years and $61 million.

A-Rod is returning to the Yankees after missing the entire 2014 season due to serving a season-long suspension and has undergone two hip surgeries in the last six years, the last one being in January of 2013 and the other in March of 2009.

On Thursday night, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team's strength and conditioning coach, Matt Krause, is scheduled to make a visit to Rodriguez down in Miami very soon.

Krause apparently has already visited A-Rod once at the end of the 2014 regular season. A-Rod has reportedly been working out like a fiend down at the University of Miami in preparation for the 2015 season, where he could either be the team's starting third basemen or DH.

Considering his age and status, the DH spot is more likely for A-Rod, although the team has looked into him playing some first base next year to help supplement Mark Teixeira.

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