Interesting note from a Tuesday night MLB.com article:
"An Oakland scout was in attendance on Tuesday, specifically to evaluate Tigers left-hander Nate Robertson."
Robertson was battered around that night against the Rangers. He insisted he was healthy, but hit the DL the next day with a tired arm. It’s obvious that Robertson does not believe he belongs on the DL and the Tigers decided this was best.
The 29 year-old southpaw was excellent in April, but has really tanked starting May 9th. He’s making $3.26MM this year and won’t become a free agent until after the 2009 season. Robertson has a lot in common with teammate Kenny Rogers, and it would be wise for a team to buy low on him if possible.
The former Marlin has dealt with a dead arm before in 2005, and it’s likely he’ll snap out of this and return to form. His 223.6 innings last year (playoffs included) were easily a career high.