It’s hard to think the Yankees would move Andrew Miller from the closer’s role and they’re comfortable with two-time All-Star Dellin Betances as Miller’s setup man.
The White Sox have pulled Robertson back off waivers, according to a report from Heyman.
In an attempt to load up their power bullpen even more, the New York Yankees have officially put in a claim on White Sox reliever and ex-Yankees closer David Robertson. That’s no surprise, as he grew up with the Yankees and loved being a Yankee in New York, where he won a ring in 2009 and is fondly recalled as the one who seamlessly replaced the legendary Mariano Rivera as the team’s closer. The White Sox haven’t expressed an emergency of getting rid of their players despite being seven games out of the second wild card spot, and the White Sox don’t seem to regret their $38 Million investment. However, the veteran right-hander was pulled back by the Chicago White Sox and Monday’s 2 p.m. waiver deadline came and went without a deal, CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported. The Jays and Astros were among the handful of pursuers of Robertson this winter, though at least the Jays never made an official offer. He signed a four year, $46 million contract with the White Sox.
This year with the White Sox, Robertson has payed off so far.
Robertson is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 27 saves in 2015. The Yankees also received an extra draft choice by letting go Robertson since they had extended him the $15.3-million qualifying offer, which he declined.
For the deal to be worthwhile for the Yankees, they would need to acquire Robertson before the day’s end so he could be eligible for the Yankees’ post season roster.
General manager Brian Cashman was reportedly open to the idea of adding an innings-eating starter prior to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, but found the asking prices – believed to be some of the Yankees’ top prospects – too high, and as a result flirted with the idea of constructing a super bullpen.