Robertson as the next closer? Not so fast!

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When Mariano Rivera retired last season, it looked as if David Robertson was going to slowly transition into the closer role. Well, that may not look as if it’s going to be the case. According to The Daily News, Brian Cashman has not made a decision on the closer role. Cashman is going to search the free agent market and make his decision after Spring Training after he has auditioned the relievers.

“We haven’t anointed anybody the closer, so I don’t know,” Cashman said to The Daily News. “I know Robertson wants it. But we’ll see how the winter shakes out and how the competition in spring training takes place.

“We’re going to look at everybody and anything and see where the winter takes us. The bottom line is, we have to get a collection of talent to bring to spring training. The cream rises to the top, and we have to find as much cream as possible.”

Robertson was on WFAN radio Wednesday evening with Sweeny Murti and said that no one told him he was going to be the closer.

“But it’s all right,” Robertson said. “Eighth (inning), ninth, I’ll do whatever I can do.

He added: “Of course, I’d love the opportunity, but I don’t make those decisions. My job is to pitch. If I get the opportunity, I’ll be thrilled. If I’m back in the eighth, we’ll have someone who can do it and hopefully we can shorten games like Mo and I did.”

When asked if he had someone specifically for the role, Cashman wouldn’t elaborate, but simply said, “Any which way we can improve the club, righthanders, lefthanders, we’ll look at it all.”

 

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9 Responses to Robertson as the next closer? Not so fast!

  1. I think all of the questions about Robertson being closer are silly. He absolutely, 100 percent deserves the job and I am sure he'll be just as good of a closer as he was a setup man.

    Remember, not everyone thought Mariano Rivera could be the closer in 97. Even after his first full year, after he had a 1.88 ERA, he gave up that homer in the playoffs to Sandy Alomar and everyone questioned if he should still be the closer. It's dumb. Just give the job to Robertson or trade him. The guy deserves the job and is probably the best qualified for it.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I agree completely. At least give D-Rob the chance to close. He deserves that much.

  2. I think all of the questions about Robertson being closer are silly. He absolutely, 100 percent deserves the job and I am sure he'll be just as good of a closer as he was a setup man.

    Remember, not everyone thought Mariano Rivera could be the closer in 97. Even after his first full year, he gave up that homer in the playoffs to Sandy Alomar and everyone questioned if he should still be the closer.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Robertson can close. of course. Problem is that both ownership and management has bought into the idea that closing is a rarefied skill. They learned the wrong lesson from Rivera, who was sui generis. Just like they gave up a draft pick and signed R. Soriano in a totally unnecessary move a few years ago, they'll sign an "established" closer this off season, either Nathan or Balfour. It's how they think.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      the contract given Soriano was not really a wise one, but when they needed him to close, he did a fine job.

  4. olie says:

    Yes I agree that Robertson could easily close for the Yankees but they still will have to bring in someone else either to close or pitch the 8th. It may be easier to sign a closer and keep him for the 8th but that shouldn't be a reflection on his talent!

  5. Michael R says:

    Agree that he deserves this promotion, but the Yankee mentality has changed so much over the years I'll be surprised if they do it. Common sense really isn't so common especially in that front office.

  6. hotdog says:

    I hope they acquire a solid reliever that could transition into a closers role if needed…Robertson deserves the nod but having a good backup plan is necessary…finding that reliever will be a priority to the Yankees…it's so difficult to know how a reliever will take to a closers role…

  7. Look at the Guys in the System with the Yanks already . Save twenty five million signing a 2 year established " Closer " and look hard within this spring. A Closer should not always only be a Guy who strikes Em out but a Guy who consistently Gets Outs and keeps runners off the bases . Success will breed a Closer . Science dictates WHIP as a telling stat.