Yankees sign David Robertson to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

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The Yankees and David Robertson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.1M according to Jon Heyman. The team has since confirmed the agreement. The 27-year-old setup man filed for $3.55M before last Friday’s deadline while the club countered with $2.85M, so they settled just below the midpoint. Nothing surprising here. I wrote a little about a multi-year extension for Robertson a few days ago, but that wasn’t going to happen. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season, so they’ll go through this again next winter.

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  • Blake

    I think the Yanks would have lost if it went to a hearing so probably smart of them to settle and save what they could….important year for DRob….they need him

    • Bob Buttons

      Not so sure whether they would have lost. Arbitrators love ERA but they also love saves. It’s more of not pissing off DRob by insulting his playing skills in every legit way.

  • edward forkhands

    This is a brilliant move. This is the most brilliant front office ever. We are blessed as fans.

    • LK

      If you’re a Yankee fan and saying “We are blessed as fans” sarcastically, you’ve totally lost perspective.

      • Havok9120


      • Bob Buttons

        Blessed and cursed simutaneously.

        Blessed, I don’t think that I need to explain. If you can’t understand why, go gain some perspective and then come back.

        Cursed, we have a lot of “spoiled” and bandwagon fans that make our fan base look like assholes. Not that being an asshole and truly supporting a team doesn’t mix, but those bandwagon fans “water down” our fan base.

    • MannyGeee

      obvious dick is being a dick

  • MannyGeee

    sweet. High socks for the hold

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I understand why and how baseball works and everything, but in a vacuum, just on merit, its funny to see the guys like Hughes and Logan make more than Robertson.

    • MannyGeee

      Logan yes, Hughes no. Hughes is at least putting in the innings as a starter.

      The fact that your LOOGY is making more than your set-up man, however, is one of those funny things.

      • derp

        what exactly is the big deal???? he’s making over 1.2M more than Boone did in his second year of arbitration. come next year, if he stays healthy and doesn’t fall off a cliff he’ll easily eclipse Boone’s salary AGAIN.

    • Now Batting

      Eh I dunno, seniority is bullshit in the real world too.

    • Bob Buttons

      Look at it from this perspective. Who offers rarer talent between Logan and Robertson?

      And Hughes? Starters are more valuable, by innings eating and that Hughes was a pretty good reliever too.

  • Troll Hunter

    I really wish the Yankees would start extending some of their younger guys to team friendly contracts like other teams around the league do.

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      Yea, if Hal wants to stick to $189 he’s going to need to do this. No reason to not at least offer K-Rob a 3 year $15 million deal now. He’d be pricey this year, but as an elite set up man or closer the next 2 years he’d be a bargain.