David Robertson is one of the best relief pitchers on the free agent market. In fact, he proved taking over Mariano Rivera‘s job in the ninth inning wasn’t as impossible as people made it to believe. So when Robertson and his agent said they wanted ‘Jonathan Papelbon money’ for his services, it didn’t really catch fans off-guard. But the question is, will Robertson get the $50 Million he’s searching for in the free agent market or will he have to lower his asking price?
George A. King and Dan Martin of the New York Post believe it’s possible Robertson might have to lower his asking price, but they also said it’s possible he could still get the $50 Million in the free agent market.
More from King and Martin:
An AL talent evaluator believes Robertson can get close to his wishes because Andrew Miller, who has never closed in the big leagues, could sign a four-year pact worth $42 million to close or work in front of the ninth inning.
An NL decision maker believes Robertson will have a hard time getting what he wants because the industry is using Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $50 million deal as being excessive despite three solid years in Philadelphia.
And an AL employee of a team that isn’t in the market for a closer predicts Robertson will have to take three years because there are not a lot of teams who will spend that type of money and invest that many years for a closer.
The Yankees want to keep David Robertson, considering he was able to fill Mariano Rivera’s shoes with such ease, and they don’t want to face the same worries if ..read more