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The Yankees Will Acquire Another Late Inning Reliever

The Yankees were rumored to have been interested in adding another late inning bullpen arm during the trade, and that pursuit should continue throughout the offseason. Craig Kimbrel is a name that has been mentioned often and he could possibly come up again in trade discussions over the winter. The current Padres closer is one of the best in the MLB and had another productive season in 2015, saving 39 games and finishing with a 2.58 ERA. Kimbrel could add to an already deadly Yankees bullpen and help the club to shorten the game by a few innings. The Padres would likely demand one or two of the Yankees top prospects which could make Brian Cashman unwilling to negotiate. In the free agent market, possible options include former Yankee Tyler Clippard and current Pirates closer Joakim Soria. Both pitchers have had very solid seasons and could help to take some of the pressure off of current Yankee relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. The bullpen became noticeably fatigued towards the end of last season and would definitely benefit from the addition of one or two quality arms.