Reliever David Robertson signs two-year deal with Phillies

Mae Harvey
January 7, 2019

Prior to coming to terms with the right-hander, the Dodgers were among the teams linked to Robertson during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

The Phillies say they have agreed to a deal with right-handed relief pitcher David Robertson.

The contract contains a club option for a third season, and Robertson has reportedly already passed his physical.

Robertson, who will turn 34 in April, had a 3.23 ERA last season in 69 games with the New York Yankees and struck out 11.8 batters per nine innings. For the Phillies, it's yet another signing to strengthen their roster as they await decisions from Harper and Machado.

In conversation with's Mark Feinsand, Robertson said Philadelphia "really checked off all the boxes" for him, and that the Phillies are "hungry to get back to the postseason and win".

Before returning to the Yankees in 2017, Robertson spent three seasons with Chicago White Sox, where he served as their closer. They have a great fan base, a lovely ballpark and a special focus on charity.

Throughout this offseason, it was mentioned that the Phillies were interested in free agents Andrew Miller, Craig Kimbrel, and Zach Britton.

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.

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