Padres reportedly seeking Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman-type package for Red Sox target Kirby Yates

Amin Touri
July 24, 2019 - 5:31 pm
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While the Tigers are seeking a top prospect for potential trade chip Shane Greene, Padres reliever Kirby Yates — another possible target for the Red Sox — could command an even higher price, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal wrote Tuesday that "the Padres likely would require a package along the lines of what the Yankees received for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in 2016," when New York dealt both of their star bullpen arms for huge packages at the deadline to the Cubs and Indians respectively.

Chicago dealt multiple prospects, most notably Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney, the organization's top two prospects at the time, in exchange for Chapman en route to their World Series title in 2016. Cleveland, meanwhile, gave up two top-five prospects in Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield to get Miller. 

Yates is having by far the best season of his career, posting a 1.05 ERA in 43 innings in San Diego this season. Rosenthal pointed out that Yates is having a comparable campaign in 2019 to Chapman and Miller in 2016 when they anchored the back end of the Yankees bullpen, though he lacks the obvious pure stuff — Chapman's fastball, Miller's slider — and extended track record the two had.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported over the weekend that the Red Sox were showing "active interest" in Yates as well as Blue Jays closer Ken Giles, though the asking price will likely scare off a Red Sox team without the organizational depth or luxury tax flexibility to pull off a blockbuster.

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