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David Robertson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox signed RHP David Robertson to a four-year, $46 million contract.
The deal was agreed to late Monday night and has now been made official after Robertson passed his pre-signing physical. The 29-year-old closer is due to make $10 million in 2015, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017, and $13 million in 2018. He owns a 2.81 career ERA and saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014. Dec 10 - 5:37 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson will get $46 million over four years in his new contract with the White Sox.

It's not quite Papelbon money (four years and $50 million), but it's close enough. The bullpen was a trouble spot for Chicago this past season, but Robertson should be a stabilizing force at the end of games. The 29-year-old owns a 2.81 ERA in his career and was 39-for-44 in save opportunities in 2014.
Dec 9 - 1:02 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox have signed David Robertson to a four-year contract worth in excess of $40 million.

And just like that, Robertson got the four-year deal he was looking for. Chicago's first-round pick is protected, so they'll only have to surrender a second-round pick to sign him. That makes giving a big-money contract to a reliever a bit easier to swallow. With a deal for A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the works and Adam LaRoche and Zach Duke already in the fold, it looks like the White Sox are all in for 2015.
Dec 9 - 12:43 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox will still pursue David Robertson even if they acquire Jeff Samardzija.

The deal for Samardzija is reportedly close to being completed. Robertson is likely going to require a four-year deal to get something done, with the Yankees reportedly possibly willing to give it to him and the Astros are also very interested. The White Sox are apparently planning to make a run for a playoff spot in 2015, as they've already signed Adam LaRoche and Zach Duke in addition to the aforementioned possible moves.
Dec 8 - 11:32 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees "hope to remain in the game" for David Robertson and are "flexible" about offering him a fourth year.

Interesting. The Yankees landed Andrew Miller last week with a four-year deal, but Heyman says they still want to retain Robertson, as well, in an attempt to form a "super bullpen." Robertson, Miller and Dellin Betances would represent a scary trio indeed. There's competition for Robertson, though, with the Astros looking to spend big on a reliever and the suddenly active White Sox also interested.
Dec 8 - 10:44 PM

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the White Sox have strong interest in Robertson.

"They like him a lot and he is definitely on their radar,’’ said a person with knowledge of Chicago’s offseason plans. "They have several things they want to do and he is one of them." Chicago's first-round pick is protected and King hears that they aren't turned off by the possibility of him seeking a four-year deal in the range of $50 million. The Astros and Blue Jays are among the other teams with interest in Robertson and a return to the Yankees can't be ruled out.
Dec 8 - 8:31 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Astros "continue to pursue" David Robertson and could make the reliever "his most lucrative offer."

The Astros lost out on Andrew Miller even though their offer was reportedly higher than the Yankees'. However, they appear determined to land a top-flight reliever and it's looking like Robertson may now be at the top of their wish list. Houston's first-round pick is protected, so they'd have to surrender a later pick if they did sign Robertson.
Dec 7 - 11:41 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that he hasn't ruled out re-signing David Robertson.

The Yankees inked Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million contract on Friday and have Dellin Betances in place as another option at closer, but that doesn't mean that the team has closed the door on Robertson. Cashman mentioned that the team has other needs, so it will ultimately depend on how Robertson's market plays out. He could very well fall into their laps later this offseason. It's worth noting that the Yankees would receive a compensatory draft pick if Robertson signs elsewhere.
Dec 5 - 5:14 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays "haven't ruled out" free agent closer David Robertson.

The Blue Jays have other holes to fill, such as second base and left field, but they still need a closer and Robertson could fall into their laps depending on how the market plays out. Heyman reported over the weekend that Robertson already has a three-year, $39 million offer in hand. The Astros and Yankees are among the teams in the mix for him.
Dec 1 - 4:10 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by a rival executive that David Robertson already has a three-year offer for about $39 million in hand.

It's not clear which team made the offer. Heyman adds that "it seems more likely than ever" that Robertson will wind up with a deal as good or better than Jonathan Papelbon's record $50 million contract. The Yankees want Robertson back, but Heyman says they're not expected to offer him four years. The Astros are one team known to have interest and would not have to surrender a first-round pick to sign him.
Nov 30 - 2:45 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Astros have contacted the agent for David Robertson to express their interest in the free agent closer.

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart previously reported the Astros were aggressively seeking a top closer, so it makes sense that they would be interested in Robertson. The 29-year-old is said to be looking for a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies, so if the Astros are willing to pony up the two could be a match. A return to the Yankees is also a strong possibility, and as many as a half-dozen teams have reached out to express their interest in the right-hander.
Nov 22 - 11:39 PM

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News says re-signing David Robertson is Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's "absolute top priority."

The Yankees extended Robertson a $15.3 million qualifying offer, and it was previously reported that the two sides met on Tuesday. That qualifying offer and the fact that Robertson is said to be looking for "Papelbon money" may help facilitate a return to the Yanks. At least a half-dozen clubs have expressed interest in the 29-year-old, according to Madden's NYDN cohort Mark Feinsand.
Nov 15 - 5:41 PM

Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reports that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with David Robertson's agent, Scott Leventhal, on Tuesday.

Robertson turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees on Monday in hopes of landing a big contract in free agency. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that he's looking for "Papelbon money," so likely something in the range of four years and $50 million. The market for him could be challenging since he's attached to draft pick compensation, so a return to the Yankees can't be ruled out.
Nov 12 - 2:58 PM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that free agent closer David Robertson is looking for "Papelbon money" in initial talks with teams.

In other words, he's aiming for the richest contract ever for a reliever. Jonathan Papelbon set the record when he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in 2011. Robertson turns 30 in April and owns a 2.20 ERA over the past four seasons, so he has a strong case for a big contract, but his market could take a hit because he's attached to draft pick compensation.
Nov 12 - 12:35 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that David Robertson has attracted interest from "at least a half-dozen clubs."

In fact, Feinsand hears that one of the teams has a top-11 protected draft pick. That would be good news for Robertson, who turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees on Monday and is now tied to draft pick compensation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that he hasn't discussed a multi-year deal with Robertson yet, but plans to talk to his agent at this week's GM meetings.
Nov 11 - 12:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Dayan Viciedo
3J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Tony Campana
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam LaRoche
2Andy Wilkins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Francellis Montas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Daniel Webb
6Javy Guerra
7Nate Jones
8Maikel Cleto
9Dan Jennings
10Onelki Garcia
11Eric Surkamp
12Joe Savery
13Zach Phillips