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.”