Having put in a claim over the weekend, the Yankees had hoped to work out a trade for closer David Robertson, but it wasn’t to be.
David Robertson is a happy man these days. The former Yankee signed a four-year, $46 million deal in the offseason, he’s on an improved White Sox team and now he gets to grow some facial hair.
When you are promoting Andrew Miller and making a run at Chase Headley, you might as well tell your fans you’re going to try really hard to finish in third place next season.
The Yanks have devolved from stalkers to prey, from the monetary monoliths to members of the mediocrity.
Joe Girardi reiterated to Sweeny Murti that he’s “not too worried” about who will take over for David Robertson, if and when the team makes a final decision.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed Tuesday he had no interest in retaining Robertson once New York agreed Friday to a $36 million, four-year deal with Andrew Miller.
Andrew Miller would have been happy to set up David Robertson with the Yankees. Now he’ll get a chance to take over as New York’s closer.
The Yankees had prepared for the possibility of Robertson’s departure by agreeing last week to a $36 million, four-year contract with left-hander Andrew Miller.
“I would have absolutely zero qualms about him being in the mix,” Miller said Monday, three days after agreeing to a $36 million, four-year contract.
Imagine. Andrew Miller in the seventh, Dellin Betances in the eighth, and David Robertson to close. It’s the type of pen a lot of teams only dream about.
Imagine the back end of a bullpen featuring Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. The Yankees are reportedly dreaming up that very scenario.
Brian Cashman has holes to fill. He doesn’t have the farm talent to fill them all, or leverage for a trade. So that leaves free agency. It’s the Yankees’ way.
I spoke to an MLB executive this week who believes David Robertson will get a three-year deal for $39 million or a four-year deal for $52 million. Some pretty good neighborhoods to occupy.
There is no shortage of reaction to Alex Rodriguez’s situation returning to the Yankees, unless of course you’re waiting to hear from A-Rod himself. That day will come.
The $15.3 million qualifying offer rejected by Robertson would have made him the highest-paid closer in baseball. It appears he’s still aiming for that distinction along with the security of a multi-year deal.