The most immediate dilemma will be whether or not to trade Robertson before the July 31 trade deadline. Doing so could net the Yankees a pretty solid return should they find a suitor in need of an elite closer.
There's just one problem with that: Robertson has been sensational for New York this season and general manager Brian Cashman would have a tough time selling the idea of moving the Alabama product while in the hunt for October despite having a replacement ready in Dellin Betances.
Faced with the daunting task of replacing Mariano Rivera, Robertson has saved 25 of his 27 chances and is pitching to a 2.39 ERA. In fact, he has blown less saves thus far than Rivera himself did in 1997 when he took over for John Wetteland.
Aside from working out a contract extension now or in the offseason—the Yanks and Robertson have reportedly had zero talks about the subject as of now—New York could extend its closer a qualifying offer, per Buster Olney of ESPN (subscription required).
Obviously that is an option already known; however it isn't believed that Robertson would take such a deal when he can get himself a long-term deal with another team thanks to his impressive numbers.
Olney disputes that notion by saying Robertson may be unable to find an attractive deal based on MLB teams' fears about dishing out big money to relievers. In that case, Robertson could take the qualifying offer of one year and roughly $13 million to stay with the only team he has ever known.
If Robertson were to sign on for another season, there's no question that would be a benefit for the Yankees. Not only do they get to keep their closer in order to combine him with Adam Warren and Dellin Betances for another season of a great bullpen, but it would also give Betances another year to prove he is no fluke and can be a full-time closer.
Today I met and fell in love with Dellin Betances pic.twitter.com/Osrs0yhB8p
— lee marie (@Liannnamarieee) July 20, 2014
Don't expect this to happen, though. Robertson has done nothing but prove himself while in the Bronx and may feel insulted that the Yankees would only offer him the one-year deal after all he has accomplished. This could lead to Robertson signing someplace else without even considering what the Yankees can give him, highest dollar amount or not.
As one of the best closers in the game, Robertson will undoubtedly draw interest from many contending teams with his endless resume. If the Yankees fail to lock him up now or in the beginning of the offseason, Robertson is more than likely to leave town for a multi-year deal.
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