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Adam Ottavino set to join Yankees' elite bullpen

Adam Ottavino set to join Yankees' elite bullpen

The Yankees have added relief pitcher Adam Ottavino, filling the void left by David Robertson.         
River Ave. Blues Jan 15, 2019

Zach Britton brought his four-seamer back last year, but is there anything to it?

Coming into the offseason it was a matter of “when” the Yankees would add bullpen help, not “if.” David Robertson and Zach Britton both became free agents after the season and reports indicated the Yankees wanted to add two relievers to replace them. Makes sense, right? So far the Yankees have added one reliever. They […] The post Zach Britton brought his four-seamer back last year, but is there anything to it? appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Phillies and Hector Neris avoid arbitration

Phillies and Hector Neris avoid arbitration

The Philadelphia Phillies and right-handed reliever Hector Neris avoid arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.8 million as reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.Neris, 29, ended the 2017 campaign as the Phillies closer but failed to replicate his success early in 2018 and was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in late June. He excelled upon his return though, pitching to the tune of a 2.04 ERA over his final 20 appearances. With Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson at the backend of the bullpen, it's unlikely Neris will see many opportunities late in...
That Balls Outta Here Jan 8, 2019

Jake Diekman a low-risk, high-reward option for the Phillies

A reunion for the Phillies and their former set-up man only makes sense for both sides this offseason After signing David Robertson to a two-year contract the Phillies are likely done making major additions to their bullpen. Adding a veteran reliever for the back-end of the bullpen like Robertson takes Philadelphia out of the race […] Jake Diekman a low-risk, high-reward option for the Phillies - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pinstripe Alley Jan 5, 2019
Yankees sign Zach Britton, keep the bullpen a strength

Yankees sign Zach Britton, keep the bullpen a strength

The bullpen would have taken a huge hit without both David Robertson and Britton. It’s January, Manny Machado still hasn’t made a decision, and the Yankees have turned their attention elsewhere. After letting David Robertson sign with the Phillies on Thursday, the Bombers decided to bring back Zach Britton instead. According to Jeff Passan, the deal is for three guaranteed years. After the second season, the Yankees will be able to exercise a fourth-year option. If they choose not to, he’ll be able to opt out after the second year. You can read our coverage of the news here. This is...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 5, 2019
Yankees reportedly sign Zach Britton to three-year deal

Yankees reportedly sign Zach Britton to three-year deal

Britton returns to the Yankees on a three-year deal. Not long after David Robertson signed with the Phillies, the Yankees brought back their other notable free agent reliever. According to Jeff Passan, the team reached an agreement with left-handed pitcher Zach Britton. The deal is worth approximately $40 million, and it contains a second-year club option that could push the contract towards $50 million. Britton also has an opt-out clause after the second year. Ken Rosenthal first had that the Yankees were close to an agreement. Britton, 31, pitched to a 3.10 ERA (4.22 FIP) over 40.2...
That Balls Outta Here Jan 5, 2019

Phillies: Previewing the bench for 2019

Major questions remain regarding the Phillies bench going into 2019 The 2019 offseason for the Phillies has been focused on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and to a much lesser extent the additions of David Robertson, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, and potentially another starting pitcher. If nothing changes and the Phillies “strike out” on the […] Phillies: Previewing the bench for 2019 - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
www.thegoodphight.com Jan 5, 2019
Bullpen Battle: Who’s in, who’s out

Bullpen Battle: Who’s in, who’s out

The Phillies figure to have a pretty good bullpen in 2019, but there are too few roster spots to go around to fit everyone in. January is here, and as Spring Training inches ever closer, the Phillies seem to have checked off one of their offseason priority boxes. David Robertson is in; Luis Garcia is out; Jose Alvarez and James Pazos are in; Luis Avilan and Aaron Loup are out; and in the wake of that shuffling, it looks like the Phillies have essentially finalized their list of primary bullpen contenders for Opening Day. Separating the coming season from other recent ones is an impressive...
River Ave. Blues Jan 5, 2019

The Yankees Will Miss David Robertson

The Yankees have now said goodbye to David Robertson for the second time in the last four years. Robertson, drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 Amateur Draft, inked a two-year, $23 million contract (with a $12 million team option in 2021) with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Because Brian Cashman […] The post The Yankees Will Miss David Robertson appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
www.thegoodphight.com Jan 4, 2019
Continued Success #40: David Robertson is a great move, but not the one people are waiting for

Continued Success #40: David Robertson is a great move, but not the one people are waiting for

On Episode 40 of Continued Success, hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher talk about the Phillies signing of relief pitcher David Robertson! It was a great move, but probably not the signing anyone wanted to hear about. On Episode 40 of Continued Success, hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher talk about the Phillies signing of relief pitcher David Robertson. It was a great move, but probably not the signing anyone wanted to hear about. Among other topics discussed: Philadelphia athletes’ long-standing complicated relationship with the fans of this sometimes crazy city, and are the Nationals...
www.thegoodphight.com Jan 4, 2019
The Phillies don’t have a closer

The Phillies don’t have a closer

In fact, they have closer(s) With the Phillies signing David Robertson to be a member of the bullpen for the next two years, it might be easy for casual fans to assume that a closer has just joined the team. That’s natural. After all, Robertson has demonstrated the ability to be a closer, having saved 37 as recently as 2016 while a member of the White Sox. On a team that had some issues closing out games in 2018, he would seem to be the perfect remedy for what ailed the Phillies. Yet, he should not be counted on as THE closer. Rather, he adds to the arsenal that Gabe Kapler has at his...
Addition of David Robertson gives Philadelphia some flexibility to make another roster move

Addition of David Robertson gives Philadelphia some flexibility to make another roster move

David Robertson is a substantial addition to a Philadelphia bullpen that has the makings, on paper at least, to be one of the best in the National League in 2019. The Phillies agreed to terms with the right-hander on Thursday, inking the 33-year-old to a two-year deal worth $23 million. The contract includes a third-year club option worth an additional $10 million.Strengthening the Phillies bullpen was one of general manager Matt Klentak's primary goals this winter. Multiple sources indicated the club was close to having a deal in place for Andrew Miller, but he signed with St. Louis just...
Call to the Pen Jan 4, 2019

Reconsidering David Robertson’s Philadelphia Phillies deal

With some fan uproar about the Philadelphia Phillies recent signing, is he really the best option for the bullpen? Here’s a shocker: Some Philadelphia Phillies fans are not immediately happy with the David Robertson deal. Indeed, the size of the contract signed by Robertson was a little off-putting, but a least one inhabitant of the […] Reconsidering David Robertson’s Philadelphia Phillies deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pinstripe Alley Jan 4, 2019
Why the Yankees are pursuing Zach Britton over David Robertson

Why the Yankees are pursuing Zach Britton over David Robertson

The probability of bringing back both was low, but the Yankees could capture higher upside in bringing back Britton rather than D-Rob. News broke yesterday that the Phillies had signed former Yankee David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million deal with a team option for a third year. Robertson, who was negotiating for himself this offseason, was one of three candidates the Yankees were heavily considering to fill the two voids from their 2018 bullpen. Lefty Zach Britton, acquired by New York via trade from the Orioles midseason, could also depart in this offseason, and stands as one of the...
www.thegoodphight.com Jan 4, 2019
A closer look at David Robertson

A closer look at David Robertson

One of the game’s most consistent, durable, and effective relievers over the past decade is now a member of the Phils. Here’s what he brings to the table. The ink is dry, and David Robertson is now a member of the Phillies. The righty’s addition to an already-respectable relief corps pushes the bullpen squarely into the “Best in the Division” conversation, and maybe even beyond that. You might be familiar with what the veteran reliever brings to the table, but just in case you aren’t, here’s a crash course on Robertson and what you can expect from him as a member of the...

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