It wasn’t the four years and $50MM he wanted, but it was close, at four years and $46MM, and as a result, David Robertson is now an ex-Yankee.
Robertson signed a deal with the White Sox late last night.
Robertson was 4-5, 39 saves and an ERA of 3.08 (ERA+ 126) last year for the Yanks as he took over the closer role from the retired Mariano Rivera. In his time with the Yankees (2008-2014), Robertson was 25-19, 47 saves and an ERA of 2.81 (ERA+ 150). His 162 g. average was 4-3, 2.81, ERA+ 150 with 8 saves (most of his career was as a setup man to Mo).
So the Yankees have to decide which way they will now go. Have Betances and the newly acquired Andrew Miller share the closer role, or get someone in and have a three-headed monster? Jason Grilli, 38, is a free agent. Grilli was 0-2, 2.70, with 33 saves for the Pirates in 2013. Grilli went 1-5, 4.00 with 12 saves for the Pirates and Angels in 2014.
The Yanks could also go “back to the future” by bringing back Rafael Soriano. Soriano turns 35 next week. Soriano stepped in as the Yanks closer in 2012, saving 42 games that year after Mariano Rivera went down with a torn ACL. Soriano was 2-3, 4.12 and had 2 saves as Mo’s setup man in 2011, then went 2-1, 2.26 and 42 saves in 2012 after Mo got hurt. Soriano finished 20th in MVP balloting in 2012.
Soriano in 2014 went 4-1, 3.19 with 32 saves for Washington.
The Yanks may also look to make a trade. Time will tell if they stand pat, get Grilli or Soriano off the free agent market, or make a trade.