The Yankees' interest in White Sox All-Star starting pitcher Jose Quintana has been reported numerous times throughout the past week or more. But are the Bronx Bombers interested in another South Side pitcher, as well?
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, trade talks between the White Sox and Yankees include not only Quintana but also closer David Robertson, who joined the White Sox as a free agent after spending seven seasons with the Yankees.
The #Yankees have expanded their Jose Quintana talks with #Whitesox that would include closer David Robertson, if Sox eat part of contract— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 27, 2016
Robertson has spent the past two seasons on the South Side, posting a 3.44 ERA and notching 71 saves in 125 2/3 innings over 122 appearances. He has two seasons remaining on the free-agent contract he signed ahead of the 2015 season.
Robertson worked for a long time as a stellar setup man with the Yankees, earning an All-Star nod in 2011, a season in which he finished 11th in Cy Young voting and 22nd in MVP voting after posting a pencil-thin 1.08 ERA in 70 games. He moved to closer and saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014.
Quintana's credentials are well known after he turned the best year in his young career last season. Quintana made the American League All-Star team and finished the campaign with career bests in wins (13), ERA (3.20) and strikeouts (181).
Given Quintana's age and team-friendly contract, he's expected to be able to fetch quite a haul, not dissimilar to what White Sox general manager Rick Hahn landed for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton from the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, respectively.
Hahn acquired a bevy of top prospects in those deals, including the current Nos. 1 and 3 prospects in baseball: Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito.
The Yankees also possess some of the highest-rated prospects in the game, including four of the top 22, per MLB.com: outfielder Clint Frazier, shortstop Gleyber Torres, infielder Jorge Mateo and outfielder Aaron Judge.