Until today, there has been very little discussion of the impending free agency of David Robertson. Which seems strange considering that the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera has had a brilliant first go of it as the Yankees’ primary closer. To be frank, not a lot of discussion has occurred in my own household which features two diehard fans of the team. But then ESPN.com’s Buster Olney dropped this bomb in his daily Insider (requires subscription) column:
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David Robertson hasn’t had any talks with the Yankees about a long-term deal even though he’s months from becoming a free agent, but it may be that the team’s strategy with him is fairly cut-and-dried.
Robertson is a dominant reliever, with 63 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and just 10 walks in his first season as the Yankees’ closer. He’s 29 years old. The Yankees could simply give him a qualifying offer of $15 million, which is easier for large-budget teams to do.