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David Robertson Says New York Yankees Made Mistake not Signing Him in Offseason

August 7th, 2014 at 1:16 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees and their closer, David Robertson, will be at a crossroads this offseason when the 29-year-old becomes a free agent with the opportunity to leave the only team he's ever known.

New York could keep Robertson in two ways: offer him a qualifying offer at around $14 million that would keep him in the Bronx for one more year, or a long-term deal that keeps Robertson as the team's closer for many years to come.

If the Yanks choose the latter, it could end up being more expensive than if the Yanks had inked Robertson during the winter.

Since then, Robertson has saved 30 of his 32 save opportunities and is pitching to a 2.68 ERA in the same season he replaces Mariano Rivera. That has certainly sent his stock up.

Robertson agrees that the Yanks missed the boat on signing him for cheaper and that at this point he has to do what's best for him, per George A. King III of The New York Post:

“This offseason I probably would have gone for a discount, although I wasn’t a closer,’’ said the 29-year-old right-hander, who is making $5.215 million in a walk year.

Asked if he was puzzled by the lack of an offer, Robertson said he wasn’t.

 

“Not at all, it seems the way they do business around here,’’ he said. “I have been to arbitration three times. It’s not like I don’t like playing here, but I have to do what’s best for me.’’

Robertson didn't seem a bit surprised that his phone didn't ring with general manager Brian Cashman on the other end ready to talk an extension, and this late in the season it'll take a big offer to keep D-Rob out of free agency as he is now content on playing out this season:

“It would have to be a legit offer at this point of the year,’’ said Robertson, who has converted 30 of 32 saves and has proved to everybody that replacing Mariano Rivera wasn’t too tall of a task.

Clearly Robertson is going to be looking for top closer money, as opposed to the top reliever money he could have gotten during the offseason that would've saved some Yankee cash. The only thing potentially saving the Yanks from such a big deal to keep Robertson is the fact that teams around the league are hesitant to give any reliever a long-term contract lately.

That could help keep the price down for Robertson on the free-agent market.

It also doesn't hurt that the Yanks have Dellin Betances waiting in the wings as the next potential closer. He's proven to be a dominant reliever in his first full season in the bigs and he'll come much cheaper than the Alabama product.

Because of that, it is very realistic Robertson walks. The Yanks will surely extend him the one-year qualifying pact in an attempt to at least keep him for another season or get a draft pick if he refuses, but Robertson is likely to test out the market after his great season and end up someplace else for 2015 and beyond.

 

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Tags: Baseball, Brian Cashman, David Robertson, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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