Report: Yankees, Padres talking Craig Kimbrel deal

The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres continue to work on a trade that would send closer Craig Kimbrel to New York, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

It’s no surprise to see the Yankees trying to add another big piece to their team after seeing the rival Blue Jays add Troy Tulowitzki and David Price in less than a week.

Kimbrel, 27, would be a major addition to the Yankees and it would give the team a great trio of relievers with the likes of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances heading into playoff races.

On the season, Kimbrel has pitched in 42 games and has gone 1-2 with 30 saves, a 2.68 ERA and 56/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In his six-year career, he has gone 16-12 with 216 saves, a 1.59 ERA and 532/123 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Kimbrel is under contract through 2018. He is scheduled to make $11 million in 2016, $13 million in 2017 and has a club option worth $13 million for 2018 that can be bought out for $1 million.

Another team reportedly in on Kimbrel that should be monitored: The Houston Astros.

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