The White Sox are talking with the Blue Jays regarding a possible deal for closer David Robertson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Robertson has two years and $25 million left on his contract with the White Sox, so acquiring him would be much more than trying to patch up a temporary problem. Chicago is looking to fetch a hefty ransom of prospects in exchange for the 31-year old. While the White Sox aren’t opposed to trade Robertson now, they’re not quite trigger happy over striking a deal. Robertson’s value will only grow by the time the July non-waiver trade deadline rolls around, giving Chicago the biggest change to double their return.
The Blue Jays already have a strong closer in Roberto Osuna, but with powerhouse after powerhouse emerging in the American League East, a deep bullpen will be vital. After losing both Brett Cecil and Joaquin Benoit to free agency, Toronto’s relief strength has fallen.
Previously it was rumored that Robertson could be involved in a three team trade that involved the Pirates as well as the Yankees, with many speculating that Jose Quintana could be involved as well. The Nationals have also had interest in Robertson after losing out on Kenley Jansen, and could jump back in with Greg Holland off the board.