ERA vs. AL West Opponents:
Houston Astros: 3.20 (17 appearances)
Oakland Athletics: 4.00 (27 appearances)
Seattle Mariners: 1.22 (36 appearances)
Los Angeles Angels: 5.20 (28 appearances)
Robertson has spent the bulk of his career pitching in the Bronx. He has a 2.89 ERA over 63 games with New York this season. He is a career late inning reliever that would fill an obvious void as the set up man for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are not in the market for a closer, which could hinder a Robertson signing. Without question, a number of suitors would butter Robertson with the promise of filling the closer role. Texas cannot even try to play that game.
In order to pry him away from the teams that are in need of a closer, Texas would likely have to pay closer money. However, they could discount their spending by increasing the number of years on a potential offer.
It’s considered a risk to sign relievers to multi-year deals in today’s MLB, especially ones that are nearing their mid 30s. But David Robertson is a proven reliever that has held his own in a Yankee bullpen that consists of Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances. Tossing a three-year contract to the 33-year-old Robertson would be wise.