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New York Yankees, David Robertson Avoid Arbitration with One-Year Deal

January 25th, 2013 at 1:12 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees and reliever David Robertson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. 

'David Robertson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Robertson, 27, filed for a $3.55 million salary for 2013, while the Yankees countered with a $2.85 million before finally agreeing at $3.1 million. The Yankees have now signed all five of their arbitration eligible players. 

The hard-throwing right-hander went 2-7 with a 2.67 ERA in 65 appearances last season. Robertson initially replaced Mariano Rivera as the team's closer once Rivera ended his season with a torn ACL in May, but was quickly replaced by Rafael Soriano and returned back to his role as the eighth inning setup man. 

Robertson's best season came in 2011 when he posted a 4-0 record,1.08 ERA, and 100 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched, earning a spot on the American League All-Star team. 

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