Breaking: David Robertson to sign with the Phillies
MLB Network insider Mark Feinsand was first to break the news that former Yankee relief pitcher David Robertson has agreed to a deal and passed a physical to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies on a 2-Year, $23 million dollar contract.
This offseason, Robertson decided to part ways with his former agent Scott Levanthal, and decided to represent himself in free agent contract negotiations. There was a post on the MLBTradeRumors website with his own personal statement explaining his decision.
This move to the Phillies also aligns with news that Robertson was most interested in signing with an East Coast team, which was announced earlier in the offseason.
BREAKING: David Robertson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phillies that guarantees him at least $23 million. He’ll earn $10M in 2019, $11M in 2020, with a $12M club option ($2M buyout) for 2021. He’s passed a physical and the deal is complete. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 3, 2019
Yankees Response Move?
Many reporters are speculating as to who the Yankees will target in the remaining relief pitching free agent market. Names like Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton, and others have been commonly thrown around as players that have been in contact with Brian Cashman and the Yankees.
David Robertson was someone the Yankees wanted to bring back but the bonus share issue ruffled some feathers. Seems all the more likely that Cashman sets his sights on Adam Ottavino – who had a lower ERA/FIP/WHIP, more K – as his replacement https://t.co/H5XR3URYpl — Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) January 3, 2019
With David Robertson off the board, Zach Britton looks like the next reliever to go. He and Yankees have been in discussions. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 3, 2019