The Astros, in the market for a closer, have spoken to the agent of free agent closer David Robertson, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. Robertson is asking for “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million.
Recently, the Astros were reported as having interest in several of the top free agent closers, including Robertson, Andrew Miller, and Sergio Romo.
Robertson, taking over the closer’s role from Mariano Rivera this past season, saved 39 ballgames with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. While the Yankees would like to see him return, his asking price may prove too steep and the Yankees may feel comfortable enough handing the reins to Dellin Betances.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: