The 2018 offseason that has largely pitted the Yankees and Phillies head-to-head while vying for free agents has taken another turn. According to Mark Feinsand, free agent reliever David Robertson has agreed to a two-year deal worth $23 million with the Phillies, officially ending his second stint in the Bronx.
Robertson will earn $10 million next season, $11 million in 2020, with a $12 million club option for 2021 with a $2 million buyout.
BREAKING: David Robertson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phillies that guarantees him at least $23 million. He’ll earn $10M in 2019, $11M in 2020, with a $12M club option ($2M buyout) for 2021. He’s passed a physical and the deal is complete.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 3, 2019
Robertson acted as his own representative in contract negotiations this offseason. When speaking with Feinsand, Robertson spoke very highly of Philadelphia throughout the process:
“Philly really checked off all the boxes for me,” Robertson said. “They are hungry to get back to the postseason and win. They have a great fan base, a beautiful ballpark and a special focus on charity. They’ve put together a great squad and I think I can bring a lot to the team in the back end of their bullpen.”
Officially completing two tours with the Yankees, Robertson finished 2018 pitching to an 8-3 record with 5 saves a 3.23 era and 91 strikeouts.
With Robertson officially off the board, the Yankees may now pivot to the remaining top flight free agent relievers such as Zach Britton and Adam Ottavino.
Stay tuned to Bronx Pinstripes as we will continue to update you on all free agent developments.
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