The Yankees and White Sox have “expanded” their trade talks about Jose Quintana to include closer David Robertson, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Chicago would likely have to eat some Robertson’s contract to facilitate a deal.
Quintana has been the hottest name on the trade market since the ChiSox dealt both Chris Sale and Adam Eaton at the Winter Meetings, and has drawn interest from multiple clubs. The Pirates are reportedly one of the most aggressive clubs involved in talks, with the Astros, Rangers and Nationals being involved as well.
The Yankees have been viewed as a long shot to acquire Quintana, but a creative arrangement in which they bring back Robertson could increase the club’s chances. New York already has Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances at the back end of its bullpen, but could be once again looking to build a three-headed monster to end games.
Robertson, 31, is owed $25 million over the final two years of the 4-year deal he signed with the White Sox in 2014. He is in high demand for teams that lost out on free agents Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon earlier in the month.