Texas Rangers add a former World Series winner to the bullpen

A bullpen that needed significant help in 2023 got a little bit deeper with the signing of a longtime bullpen arm who started his career pitching for the Yankees.
World Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros - Game One
World Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros - Game One / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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How did Robertson pitch in 2023?

Robertson has been a dependable reliever throughout his long career. That continued in 2023 at least in his time with the New York Mets. He had signed with the Mets on a one-year deal the prior offseason. The Mets were a disappointment in 2023 and became sellers in late July leading to Max Scherzer being traded to the Rangers and David Robertson being traded to the Miami Marlins. There were rumors Texas was trying to acquire Robertson at the deadline last season.

Robertson with the Mets pitched in 44 innings and had a 2.66 ERA with 48 strikeouts to 13 walks. He was a highly sought after reliever. The Marlins ended up completing the trade for Robertson. In Miami Robertson was not quite as effective. He pitched in 21 1/3 innings and had a 5.06 ERA with 30 strikeouts to 12 walks. That high ERA is because of how poorly he pitched in August right after the trade was made. Robertson in 10 August innings allowed 10 runs, picked up four losses, and was demoted from the closers role for the rest of the season.

Robertson did rebound in September pitching in a setup role. He pitched in 10 1/3 innings in the month and only gave up two earned runs the entire month, both in the same game. He finished the month with 19 strikeouts and six walks. He was more effective in the setup role for the Marlins and became the pitcher they thought they were getting when the trade was made.

I would say 2023 was overall a good season with one terrible month. I think some of that can be chalked up to the upheaval that comes with being traded and trying to get settled into a new city in the middle of a season. Robertson now comes from a team that made the playoffs for the first time in a 162-game season since 2003 to a team that is coming off winning their first World Series in franchise history.

Next: Where can we expect to see Robertson pitch?