According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Phillies have reached an agreement with veteran reliever David Robertson. The deal will pay Robertson $23 million over 2 seasons, with a club option for a third season. The Phillies have been connected to several free agent relievers throughout the offseason, and it seems that they have now found the right guy to boost their bullpen.
Robertson, 33, posted a 3.23 ERA over 69.2 innings pitched in 2018 with the Yankees. He has been one of the premier set-up men in the big leagues over the past two season. Robertson has also spent time as a closer. His experience in multiple roles looks to be something that will benefit the Phillies bullpen that often uses its relievers in various roles.
Robertson’s deal could be a factor in the Phillies’ pursuit of superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. They did not splurge on Robertson’s salary in this signing, which still leaves them with ample money to offer the aforementioned Harper or Machado. The signing of Robertson was a team-friendly deal in an offseason where a lot of money can and will be spent. It leaves them in a good position to make moves to help them contend in 2019 and beyond.