Shifting to the West Coast would be a major change for the 33-year-old Robertson, who debuted in 2008 and has only pitched for the Yankees and White Sox. A Rhode Island resident who has spent the majority of his career in New York, Robertson would like to remain in the Northeast, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed last month. That preference seems to place the Dodgers behind the 8-ball, then, though they certainly have the financial might to make Robertson a quality offer. MLBTR’s predicting a three-year, $33MM contract for the highly accomplished right-hander.
If he joins the Dodgers, Robertson would give the team another capable bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. Robertson has been among the majors’ premier relievers throughout his career, after all, having mixed impressive durability with statistical excellence. He hasn’t thrown fewer than 60 innings in a season since 2009, his second year, and owns a lifetime 2.88 ERA/2.81 FIP with 11.97 K/9, 3.66 BB/9 and a 43.7 percent groundball rate over 657 frames.
While Robertson’s numbers took a step backward last year relative to his brilliant 2017 performance, he nonetheless logged a terrific 3.23 ERA/2.97 FIP with 11.76 K/9, 3.36 BB/9 and a 45.3 percent grounder mark across a career-high 69 2/3 innings. In the process, the self-represented Robertson set himself up for yet another sizable payday four years after the White Sox signed him to a $46MM contract in his first trip to free agency.