There’s no question David Robertson is going to get a four-year deal in the free agent market: it just won’t be from the New York Yankees. However, an interesting twist is the Yankees appear interested in signing Miller to a four year deal, despite Miller not being qualified for the closer position.
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While Miller is the same age as Robertson (29) and both are amazing strikeout artists (Miller averaged 14.9 Ks per nine innings, Robertson 13.4), Miller isn’t a closer, and didn’t do his own superb work last year in New York. It seems, though, that the Yankees’ thought process is a matter of simple economics.
Robertson is likely to ultimately be in the $12 million to $14 million range while Miller is likely to wind up in the $8 million to $11 million range, making a four-year deal perhaps more palatable to the Yankees. On top of that, while Robertson has a draft choice attached to him by virtue of him turning down the Yankees’ $15.3-million qualifying offer, Miller does not.
The two pitchers — who happened to run into each other at the Orlando, Fla. Players Association meeting on Monday — have a few other obvious differences, starting with the fact that Robertson is a righty and Miller’s a lefty. But one thing for both is that a fair amount of the action at the moment seems to be in the AL East.
The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t out of the Robertson sweepstakes, although they’re focusing on other matters at the moment; they signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year contract and traded for Josh Donaldson. The Houston Astros are in the Robertson sweepstakes as well, and they’re the team rumored to have given Robertson the three-year, $39 Million contract offer.
The Yankees haven’t ruled out the option of signing both Miller and Robertson, but Robertson would have to lower his asking price to do so. If the Yankees do sign both Miller and Robertson, they have Dellin Betances in the pen which could create the Yankees own version of the “Three Headed Monster”.