Once upon a time, the Yankees had a setup man who gave everyone heart attacks with his successful Houdini acts. He was the closer after Mariano Rivera retired, and following that season he went to the Chicago White Sox on a four-year deal.
With the Yankees now waiting on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen to either accept or decline their offer, the team is now thinking of a backup plan. This plan includes a potential trade with the White Sox for Robertson, reports Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Robertson was one of the best relievers in the American League while with the Yankees, but struggled with the White Sox. Robertson had a 3.47 ERA which made it the second time the closer had a ERA over 3.00. Also, Robertson’s control was an issue where he allowed 4.6 BB/9, the highest since 2011. However, Robertson’s strikeout rate and his ground ball ratio is still excellent.
So, if the Yankees eventually move on from paying $80 Million for a closer, could Robertson be a cost effective alternative?