Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that while Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back 2014 closer David Robertson, he thinks his club has enough bullpen depth to move forward as presently constructed. The Yankees signed Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million contract earlier today which pairs him up at the back end of the bullpen with Dellin Betances.
Robertson is reportedly seeking “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the area of four years and $50 million. The Yankees would obviously be interested if he reduced his asking price. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz around the right-hander aside from the Yankees, as the Astros and Blue Jays are the two most serious teams linked to him thus far.
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: