SAN DIEGO (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees never made an offer to re-sign closer David Robertson, preferring to add Andrew Miller and get an extra draft pick next June.
Robertson agreed late Monday to a $46 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
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 Miller.
“The Miller acquisition with the draft pick was the best route we think and I think of moving forward, regardless of how great Robertson has been as a setup man and a closer this past year,” Cashman said. “It might not be the popular decision but I think it’s the best one.”
When the Yankees announced Miller’s agreement Friday, Cashman didn’t rule out keeping Robertson.
“I wanted him to maximize his free-agent value, to be honest, not that he needs any help from me,” Cashman said, “but I felt it was in his interest to get out the Yankees still (being) in it.”
Cashman met Monday with Robertson’s agent, Scott Leventhal.
“Is there a Yankee price you want me to consider?” Cashman recalled asking. “And he just said, ‘If you’re interested, make me an offer.'”
“They never made me an offer,” Cashman added. “I never made them one.”
Robertson, a right-hander who turns 30, had spent his seven-year big league career with the Yankees. He took over from Mariano Rivera as New York’s closer last season and saved 39 games in 44 chances.
“We’re going to miss him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told WFAN radio on Tuesday. “There’s no doubt about that.”