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David Robertson | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 17 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details
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David Robertson worked a scoreless inning Sunday in his Cactus League debut against the Rockies.
Robertson entered in the top of the fifth and promptly gave up a ground-rule double to Rockies outfielder Jordan Patterson, but he induced a flyout from Pat Valaika, struck out Mike Tauchman, and got Rafael Ynoa to hit into an easy groundout. Yeah, those aren't exactly stars. There has been talk of a looming Robertson trade since the offseason began, but as it stands he projects to open the 2017 season as the closer on the south side of Chicago. Feb 26 - 8:07 PM

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there's still "belief" that the Nationals could acquire David Robertson from the White Sox.

Talks have died down in recent days but Cafardo feels those discussions could be revisited. The Nationals should be motivated to trade one of their catchers after signing Matt Wieters to a two-year deal. Perhaps that will be enough to swing a deal. Derek Norris is a bigger name but prospect Pedro Severino might be more appealing to the White Sox.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 25 - 8:27 PM

Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports that "nothing seems imminent" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox regarding closer David Robertson.

The Nationals have been linked to Robertson for most of the winter and many have tried to connect the dots to a potential match with the White Sox after the Matt Wieters signing, as Pedro Severino could make sense for Chicago. Rogers hears that the Nationals remain interested in Robertson, but it's unclear whether they'll act soon or wait to scout him during the World Baseball Classic. It's a situation to watch. Robertson is owed $25 million over the next two seasons.
Feb 22 - 10:09 AM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, a team that has been talking with the White Sox says they have been waiting on the Nationals to sign Matt Wieters before rekindling trade talks regarding David Robertson.

The White Sox need a catcher and the Nationals now have a catching surplus with Derek Norris, Jose Lobaton, and Pedro Severino, so a match could be more feasible now. Robertson has been an obvious fit for Washington all along, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some progress here in the coming days.
Feb 21 - 10:45 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox and Nationals are now at a stalemate in trade talks regarding David Robertson.

The two sides had discussed Robertson earlier in the winter when completing the Adam Eaton deal. They revisited those talks recently and had made substantial progress toward a deal, but now neither side seems willing to give in. Barring any changes, the Nationals will enter the season with Shawn Kelley handling the ninth inning.
Source: USA Today
Feb 12 - 10:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Nationals have engaged in trade talks for White Sox closer David Robertson.

Robertson has been available all winter and the Nationals are in desperate need of a closer after losing Mark Melancon to the Giants in free agency. Right now the biggest stumbling block is money as Robertson is due $25 million over the next two seasons. Obviously the Nationals would prefer that the White Sox cover at least some portion of his remaining salary. Robertson has a decent track record but is coming off a relatively disappointing year and might not be a major upgrade over Washington's current ninth-inning options including Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen. The White Sox and Nationals made a big trade earlier this winter with Washington acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton in exchange for top prospect Lucas Giolito.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 6 - 9:58 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, David Robertson is "more than available."

Robertson's name came up in trade discussions with the Blue Jays earlier this offseason, but his market probably won't heat up until closer to the trade deadline. Injuries could also facilitate a trade. Either way, it looks like there's a good chance Robertson will be wearing a new uniform by the end of the year.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 28 - 8:18 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees have expanded Jose Quintana talks with the White Sox to include David Robertson.

The caveat is that the Yankees would want the White Sox to pick up part of the $25 million remaining on Robertson's contract. The Yankees have a strong enough system to land Quintana, but the White Sox have the ability to hold out for the best possible deal. They don't even necessarily have to trade him this offseason. It's ultimately hard to say how realistic this scenario is. The Pirates, Rangers, and Astros are among the other teams who have been linked to Quintana in recent weeks. Robertson was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and spent the first seven years of his career with the club.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 09:54:00 AM

MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018.
Source: MASN
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:08:00 PM

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson has drawn trade interest, but that a trade will likely wait to see who misses out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

It's not the worst way to play it, though the right offer could change the timing here. The Cubs are reportedly close to landing Wade Davis, so that leaves teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins in the mix for a high-profile closer. Robertson posted a 3.47 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season and he's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:59:00 AM

David Robertson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week.

The procedure cleaned up a meniscus issue that Robertson had been dealing with for a while. He'll be back on his feet shortly and should be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. Robertson posted a relatively disappointing 3.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 75/32 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings this season as the White Sox closer. He's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 05:26:00 PM

David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth inning to record a save in Sunday's win over the Indians.

All three punchouts were of the swinging variety, as Robertson went through the heart of the Indians' order to protect a three-run lead. The White Sox' closer has now converted 36 saves in 43 chances this season.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:09:00 PM

David Robertson allowed a walk and a single in a scoreless ninth inning while securing his 35th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

Robertson entered in the ninth with the White Sox holding a 7-4 lead. That would stand as the final when all was said and done, but not before a little bit of an adventure. The veteran closer opened the frame by walking J.D. Martinez and allowing a single to Justin Upton before settling in to record the next three outs without issue. For the season, Robertson is 35-of-42 in save chances and has pitched to a 3.68 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 67/31 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. He has walked at least one batter in five of his last 10 appearances.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:35:00 PM

David Robertson allowed two baserunners but got out of trouble to earn his 34th save Tuesday against the Tigers.

Protecting a two-run lead, Robertson gave up a leadoff single and a one-out walk to bring the winning run to the plate, but a popout and a strikeout by the Tigers' eighth- and ninth-place hitters ended the threat. Despite the success, it certainly wasn't an inspiring outing from the 31-year-old, who has struggled off and on all year. With Tuesday's save, Robertson now has 34 saves in 41 chances to go with a 3.75 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 65/30 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:40:00 PM

David Robertson took a loss Wednesday after yielding a walkoff RBI sacrifice fly to Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning at Detroit's Comerica Park.

Robertson was called on with the game tied 2-2 and couldn't push it to extras, surrendering a leadoff double to JaCoby Jones and the sac fly to Collins one batter later. Robertson has produced a disappointing 3.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 54 2/3 innings this season out of the White Sox bullpen.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 04:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Omar Narvaez
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Tyler Saladino
2Yolmer Sanchez
3Leury Garcia
SS1Tim Anderson
2Everth Cabrera
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Cody Asche
CF1Charlie Tilson
2Adam Engel
3Jacob May
4Peter Bourjos
5Jason Bourgeois
RF1Rymer Liriano
DH1Avisail Garcia
2Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jose Quintana
2James Shields
3Carlos Rodon
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Derek Holland
6Dylan Covey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Putnam
4Michael Ynoa
5Jake Petricka
6Dan Jennings
7Tommy Kahnle
8Dylan Covey
9Juan Minaya
10Mayckol Guaipe
11Cory Luebke
12Anthony Swarzak