The Dodgers are one of 6 to 8 teams that have expressed interest in free agent reliever David Robertson, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
According to sources, between 6-8 teams have expressed interest in David Robertson. Among them are the Dodgers, Red Sox and Mets.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 10, 2018
Robertson, who will be entering his age 34 season, has been a key member of the Yankees’ bullpen. He is coming off a season where he pitched 69.2 innings with a 3,23 ERA, 2.97 FIP, and 3.09 xFIP. He struck out 32.2% of the batters he faced while walking only 9.2%. In his career, he has posted a 2.88 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 2.90 xFIP, 32.4% K%, and 9.6% BB% in 657 innings.
His pitch arsenal includes a cutter (92.6 mph), sinker (94.1 mph), changeup (88.5 mph), slider (86.9 mph), and a curveball (84.2 mph). He primarily relies on his cutter, which he throws 41.6% of the time, and his curveball, which he throws 45.8% of the time.
Fangraphs projects Robertson to receive a 2 year deal worth $26 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected him to receive 3 years, $33 million.
The bullpen is an area of concern and the team is willing to spend on it, according to President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.
#Dodgers shopping list includes adding to bullpen.
Andrew Friedman said the perception that he won't spend on higher profile FA relievers is inaccurate "We've made offers on guys where we would have spent on the bullpen." #WinterMeetings #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) December 9, 2018
Robertson would likely slot into the 8th inning role and give them some consistency in the bullpen. He also has experience as a closer should the team need it. If the Dodgers are truly willing to spend on the bullpen, Robertson would be a great choice.
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