Even before Mariano Rivera decided to retire following the 2013 season, the Yankees have toyed with the idea of having David Robertson as Rivera’s successor to the closing throne. The move would have made sense; throughout the 2013 season, Robertson followed Rivera around, he even had a locker next to Rivera’s, taking in every ounce of knowledge with hope that one day he would take over Rivera’s role. Of course when Rivera actually retired and the 2013 offseason began, the Yankees briefly looked at the options that were available on the market for a Major League closer. With less than a month to go before Spring Training, Hal Steinbrenner made an endorsement; he believes David Robertson should be the next closer of the organization.
“We’re going to rely on [David] Robertson. I’m sure he’ll do a good job for us.” Steinbrenner told the New York Post.
Although Robertson should get the closer role, it could be up to Joe Girardi to decide whether Robertson will get the role. So, will Joe Girardi agree with Steinbrenner’s endorsement and make Robertson the new Yankees closer?
“I think you’ll have to ask [Joe] Girardi that, but that’s my understanding. He’s [David Robertson] the number one candidate. Rightfully so.”
It doesn’t sound as if the Yankees will sign a closer off the free agent market to immediately take over the closer role, but the team might wait until Spring Training to decide whether Robertson is ready to fill Rivera’s shoes.