For the first few months of the season, the main story had been David Robertson replacing Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer. However as the offseason comes a little closer, the Yankees and David Robertson have yet to start making contract extension negotiations.
“I try not to worry about it because, to be honest with you, it’s so far away right now,” he said. “I’m more focused on what we’re doing here.
“This offseason, my numbers from this year are going to count, so why focus on what’s going to happen then instead of what’s happening now?”
Does Robertson want to come back to the Yankees next season?
“Yeah. We’ll see what happens. There haven’t been any talks, so we’ll see.”
The Yankees usually are this way with their players, where they let them go into the free agent market without a contract extension, the rare exemption being Robertson’s teammate Brett Gardner who recently signed a four-year, $53 Million deal this past winter. Robertson has done a phenomenal job for the Yankees as Rivera’s successor and his 53 K’s and 2.79 ERA tells part of the story. He admits being Rivera’s successor is a life changing moment, but it’s also his job since Rivera’s not here anymore.
“He’s not here, so somebody’s gotta do it,” Robertson said. “I haven’t really thought about it much. I just think of it as doing the same thing I’ve been doing since I came to the Yankees. I was throwing the eighth inning for a long time and I’m trying to do what I did then in the ninth.
“The only difference is when I get my three outs, that’s the game. I don’t get them, we lose.
“I try not to overthink anything.”
Well, Robertson is doing just fine, and in my opinion, the Yankees should offer Robertson a contract extension. You don’t just let one of the best homegrown arms in your Yankee bullpen slip away.