David Robertson, Phillies Agree to Two-Year Deal Worth $23 Million

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The Yankees lost right-handed reliever David Robertson to the Phillies in free agency recently so Ottavino would fit in nicely to his role in the later innings for NY.

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Robertson agreed to a two-year deal that guarantees him at least $23 million.

Ottavino, a New York City native, timed his career year perfectly last season, posting an outrageous 63 FIP-/52 ERA- in the wide open spaces of Coors Field, and striking out almost 13 men per nine. The ever-consistent Robertson has pitched 60 or more innings in each of the last nine seasons and never has registered a strikeout rate lower than 10.4. All in all, the 33-year-old's deal could end up being a three-year, $33 million contract. If they decline the option, Britton can opt out of the deal following the 2020 season and become a free agent again.

Robertson has earned the reputation of being a steady bullpen arm.

Before returning to the Yankees in 2017, Robertson spent three seasons with Chicago White Sox, where he served as their closer.

Robertson appeared in 69 games for the Yankees last season, going 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA and five saves.

With Robertson now in the fold, it gives the Phillies a potential closer and more stability towards the backend of the bullpen.

It looks like Zach Britton is staying in NY.

David Robertson, one of the top relievers available in baseball's free agent market, is leaving the Big Apple again.

It should be interesting to see how the rest of this month shapes up for the Phillies as pitchers and catchers report soon to Clearwater, Florida.

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