Report: Yankees Willing To Go To 4th Year On D-Rob, Headley
By Billy Brost
According to a tweet from ESPNNY’s Andrew Marchand, the New York Yankees have shifted positions in their negotiations with free agents David Robertson and Chase Headley. It was previously reported that the team didn’t want to go long term with either player, Marchand says that sources have told him the Yankees are now willing to go to a fourth year for each player, but at “…the right price.”
Robertson is believed to have a 4-year, $50 million dollar offer on the table from an unknown team, but the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox are believed to be interested. Headley, reportedly has a 5-year, $60 million offer from an unknown team. The Giants, Indians, and even the Padres supposedly have interest.
The Yankees already have multiple power arms in the back of the bullpen with Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson and now Andrew Miller. Handing Robertson four years and a large amount of money, says one of two things: either the team does not care about payroll whatsoever, and the Yankees are once again the Yankees, or that they have little confidence in Betances’ ability to close, and are willing to overpay to keep an established closer in-house.
For Headley, the Yankees would like him, but don’t necessarily need him. They have Martin Prado and Alex Rodriguez ready to split time at the hot corner. Headley showed nice leather after coming to the Bronx for rookie Yangervis Solarte and a minor leaguer, but his bat was nowhere near his 2012 epic season in San Diego.