Dave Robertson signs

Phillies Sign Relief Ace David Robertson for Two-Year Deal


By David A. Avila

Veteran relief pitcher David Robertson signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia Phillies worth $23 million.

Robertson, 33, possesses a filthy curveball that made him a devastating weapon for the New York Yankees in 2018. With an 8-3 record and 3.23 ERA in 69 games including five saves, the right-hander proved to be reliable in helping the injury prone Yankee staff throughout the year.

Back in 2014, Robertson left the Yankees to sign a four-year deal with Chicago White Sox at $46 million. He was then traded back to the Yankees in July 2017 during the stretch run that led the Yankees to the playoffs.

The deal with Philadelphia will give Robertson $10 million this year and $11 million in 2020 with the team holding an option in 2021 for $12 million. The Phillies made a strong run for the playoffs last year but faltered in the month of September. Other additions include trading for Jean Segura, pitcher Juan Nicasio and pitcher James Pazos from Seattle in exchange for Carlos Santana and JP Crawford.

In 2018, Robertson had an excellent WHIP of 1.03 in 69 innings. That should bode well for the Phillies who are gunning for their first playoff berth since 2011.