After a rather slow MLB news cycle following the new year, the Philadelphia Phillies have made a big splash in the market.
According to Mark Feisand, the Phillies have signed former New York Yankees reliever David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million contract. Robertson has passed his physical, and thus the deal is official.
BREAKING: David Robertson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phillies that guarantees him at least $23 million. He’ll earn $10M in 2019, $11M in 2020, with a $12M club option ($2M buyout) for 2021. He’s passed a physical and the deal is complete.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 3, 2019
The signing comes just hours following the report that both the Phillies and Yankees were setting their main focus on the bullpen market. Now, with the Phillies getting a much-needed relief pitcher in Robertson, they can now hone in on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Just last season with the Yankees, Robertson compiled an 8-3 record and five saves in 69 appearances. On top of that, Robertson posted a 3.23 ERA, 1.033 WHIP, and a 3.5 strikeout to walk ratio.
Looking to take advantage of a rather open NL East division, the question remains: who will the Phillies bring in next?