Phillies Agreed to a Deal with David Robertson

Phillies Agreed to a Deal with David Robertson

Phillies Agreed to a Deal with David Robertson

The Philadelphia Phillis have agreed to a two-year contract with reliever David Robertson.

Robertson, who represented himself this winter after parting ways with his agent, will earn $10 million in 2019 and $11 million in 2020.

In conversation with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Robertson said Philadelphia "really checked off all the boxes" for him, and that the Phillies are "hungry to get back to the postseason and win". They have a great fan base, a handsome ballpark and a special focus on charity.

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Robertson spent parts of nine seasons in the majors with the Yankees and three with the Chicago White Sox after originally being selected by the Yankees on the 17th round of the 2006 draft.

Manager Gabe Kapler doesn't want a traditional closer in his bullpen, and Robertson's ability to pitch in various late-inning situations was an attraction. He had seven saves while posting a 3.10 ERA through 40 2/3 innings with NY.

With Robertson now in the fold, it gives the Phillies a potential closer and more stability towards the backend of the bullpen. That seems to be a theme with the Phillies this offseason. These aren't flashy signings, but they undoubtedly make the Phillies a better team than they were in 2018.

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