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David Robertson | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports that the Nationals have been in touch with several teams about their closers.
Bowden writes that the Nationals believe Koda Glover can be their long-term answer at closer, but they aren't sure he's ready right now. Not surprisingly, Bowden mentions White Sox closer David Robertson and Rays closer Alex Colome among the possible trade options, but he adds that they haven't been able to meet either team's lofty asking prices. We expect to hear more about this situation as the season moves along. Apr 24 - 1:21 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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David Robertson got some work in a non-save situation on Sunday and wound up allowing a run on a hit and walk in his inning against the Indians.

Most closers struggle in on-save situations, and Robertson has been no exception in his career. Even so, he sports a terrific 1.35 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio through 6 2/3 innings on the season and has converted each of his first four save opportunities.
Apr 23 - 5:39 PM

David Robertson walked two batters -- including one with the bases loaded -- but hung on to collect a save against the Yankees.

Robertson relieved Miguel Gonzalez with two on and one out in the ninth and a four-run lead. He walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before getting Matt Holliday to go down swinging. Robertson then walked in Starlin Castro to force in a run, although he got a tough break when a check-swing call went against him. Aaron Judge when came up as the go-ahead run but grounded into a fielder's choice. Robertson hasn't been charged with a run yet this season and remains a likely mid-year trade candidate.
Apr 18 - 9:42 PM

David Robertson tossed a scoreless 10th inning with two strikeouts to secure the save in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Robertson came on in the bottom of the 10th trying to secure a 3-1 victory for the White Sox. He did so in smooth enough fashion, striking out Max Kepler and Miguel Sano to record the first two outs and then inducing a Joe Mauer grounder to end the contest. Robertson is now 3-for-3 in save opportunities. He has yet to allow a run in five innings of work and has struck out 10 in that space.
Apr 16 - 7:48 PM

David Robertson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Twins for his second save of the season.

Robertson struck out two batters and needed just 12 pitches to get through the frame. He has thrown four scoreless innings to begin the year, allowing just one hit and no walks to go along with eight strikeouts. Robertson is one of the more obvious trade chips in the game, so Nate Jones remains the logical name to monitor in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 12:57 AM

David Robertson struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Wednesday.

He came on with a one-run lead to start the ninth against the bottom of the Indians' batting order. He induced a ground out from the leadoff batter before fanning the next two to end the game. Robertson now has six strikeouts without allowing a run through three innings on the young season.
Apr 12 - 9:44 PM

David Robertson worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Twins.

Robertson struck out two of the three batters he faced in an impressive ninth-pitch frame, but Chicago was trailing 4-1 at the time and couldn't muster any more offense. It was the first appearance of the season for the White Sox closer.
Apr 9 - 6:36 PM

David Robertson fanned one batter in a clean inning of work against the Brewers on Friday.

He was making his fifth appearance of spring training and his second since returning to camp after helping lead Team USA to a championship in the World Baseball Classic. Robertson gave up just one run in five official Cactus League innings. He will serve as the rebuilding White Sox' closer again this year. He has been frequently mentioned in trade rumors and remains likely to be moved at some point this season.
Mar 31 - 11:38 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Omar Narvaez
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Tyler Saladino
2Yolmer Sanchez
3Leury Garcia
SS1Tim Anderson
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Charlie Tilson
2Jacob May
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Cody Asche
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
7Anthony Swarzak
8Juan Minaya
9Tommy Kahnle
10Chris Beck