Yanks still trying for Robertson after landing Miller, may go 4 years

SAN DIEGO -- The Yankees seem flexible about a fourth year for star closer David Robertson, as they hope to remain in the game for the top reliever on the market, a home-grown stud.

With Dellin Betances, plus newly signed free-agent Andrew Miller, already in tow, the Yankees are trying to form a super bullpen -- ala the 2014 Kansas City Royals, which were an unheard of 77-1 when leading after six innings en route to their surprise American League pennant.

There is competition for Robertson, however. The Astros, who actually outbid the Yankees on Miller -- $40 million to $36 million -- are in the middle of the Robertson talks. George King of the New York Post reported that the White Sox are in, as well.

The Yankees had been hoping to keep it to three years on Robertson, but once they gave four to Miller, a non-starter, it seemed there only real chance to get Robertson would be to bend on the fourth year. However, the Yankees haven't seemed willing to go to $50 million for the four years, which was the price Jonathan Papelbon received in Philadelphia, so they have a chance to be outbid.

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