The rumors are true, the Dodgers are trying to catch the eye of the self-represented, David Robertson. Robertson was the former closer for the White Sox and before that an elite part of the Yankees’ pen. And, in 2017, he was subsequently moved back to the Yankees where he has been an elite set up man and I would love to see him in Dodger Blue.
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Robertson has a track record for success. The now 33-year old righty was always been effective in dominating hitters with decent strikeout capabilities and the emphatic skill to get the ground ball.
Last season, Robertson forced the grounder at a 42% clip and pitched in a career-high 69.2 innings where he did most of his work in the eighth inning or earlier but did earn five saves.
In his career, Robertson has a 2.88 ERA, a 2.97 FIP and a phenomenal ERA+ of 137 in his 11-year career spent between two franchises.
The issue with Robertson is his age, sure, but also his desire to stay in the North East. While that does not mean it will be impossible for the Dodgers to get him to come out West, it does mean that their offer would need to be worth his time to make the move.
Normally, I would project Robertson at $10 million dollars a year. He is reliable and has not pitched less than 60 innings since 2009, his second season in the majors. But, with the Dodgers needing to convince him to move to the West Coast, the offer would probably need to increase to $12 million a year over three years to give him some job stability as he ages a bit.
I am not a fan of the extra cash or the years here but the idea of Robertson’s ability to stay healthy and very solid numbers in the Dodger bullpen is extremely enticing and one that, for the right price, would be a power move.
This is the end of our free agent series. For complete converage of who the Dodgers are actually signing, you can follow along with us here at Dodgers Way. From Wilmer Flores to Andrew Miller, we will all wait and see who the Dodgers choose to sign.