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.