MLB Rumors: David Robertson and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a 2 year, $21 million deal with a 2021 club option for $12 million and a $2 million buyout. The free agent relief pitcher was expected to get a deal somewhere in that range.
The Phillies have been rumored to be active in seeking out pitching, both starting and relief, and in landing the 33 year old righthanded Robertson, they’ve picked up one of the better relievers in free agency. Robertson was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round in 2006, and after having success with them, signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. He worked as their closer until he was dealt back to New York with Todd Frazier in July, 2017.
The Phillies have been expected to be one of the more active teams this offseason, as they look to improve on their 80-82 record from 2018 and push to make the playoffs in 2019. Philadelphia has been rumored to have interest in Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor, and acquiring Robertson would, one would initially think, not impact that dynamic. However, Minor has pitched well in a relief role in the past, and there was some speculation that the Phillies were potentially pursuing Minor as a relief option. If they wanted Minor for the bullpen, rather than in the rotation, this move would seem to lessen the possibility of a Minor to Philly deal happening.