NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees extended closer David Robertson a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer on Monday.
No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer, and according to the New York Daily News, the right-hander is unlikely to become the first to do so.
The newspaper reports that at least six teams are interested in signing Robertson. Coming off an excellent 2014 campaign, he is in position to land a lucrative multiyear deal.
If Robertson — who won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and was an All-Star in 2011 — declines the offer, he can still negotiate and ultimately re-sign with New York. If the 29-year-old signs with another club after declining the offer, the Yankees will receive a draft pick as compensation.
In his first year as full-time closer — he had the unenviable task of replacing the legendary Mariano Rivera — Robertson converted 39 of 44 save opportunities and pitched to a 3.08 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. The longtime Yankee struck out 96 and walked 23, allowing seven home runs.
Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was not extended a qualifying offer.
In addition to Robertson and Kuroda, the Yankees’ free agents include Chris Capuano, Stephen Drew, Chase Headley, Rich Hill, Brandon McCarthy, Ichiro Suzuki and Chris Young.
Drew, Headley and McCarthy were ineligible to receive qualifying offers because they were traded during the season.
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