The 33-year-old right-hander has signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports.
It's also worth noting that Robertson's contract structure, in which he will earn $10 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020 and, if Philly picks up his team option, $12 million in 2021 ($2 million buy out) means that he will earn the same salary in 2019 as Jeurys Familia and less than Andrew Miller. The veteran reliever compiled 84 saves with an ERA of 3.28 with the White Sox and had 208 strikeouts in 159 innings pitched (11.8 SO/9).
The 'pen-ravenous Yanks, who rode a series of game-shorteners to their first 100-win season since 2009 previous year, and already boast three of the league's best in Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Chad Green, seem hungry for more. His bat-missing abilities, though, have showed little signs of life, with the former Oriole regressing to near his 7.41 K/9 career average in the last two seasons after striking out over ten per nine from 2015-16.
"Obviously, the fact that he has experience pitching the ninth inning is something that was very appealing to us".
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"I don't", the pitcher said. Sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth inning ... "There will always be lockdown closers, but there's a good mix of guys like me who will pitch anywhere". "They've put together a great squad and I think I can bring a lot to the team in the back end of their bullpen".
Robertson spent parts of nine seasons in the majors with the Yankees, who selected him in the 17th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Where do the Yankees turn now for bullpen help? "It was just time for me to go someplace else".