The Philadelphia Phillies signed former Yankees reliever David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million deal on Thursday.
The deal will pay Robertson a total of $10 million in 2019 and $11 million in 2020. The deal also includes a $12 million club option for 2021, with a $2 million buyout. The deal guarantees Robertson $23 Million, but if the Phillies do pick up his option for 2021, the deal will be worth $33 Million over three years.
Robertson was solid in 2018, posting a 3.23 ERA and an 8-3 record with the Yankees. Robertson looks forward to putting up another solid season with the Phillies in 2019.
“Philly really checked off all the boxes for me,” Robertson said to MLB.com. “They are hungry to get back to the postseason and win. They have a great fan base, a beautiful ballpark and a special focus on charity. They’ve put together a great squad and I think I can bring a lot to the team in the back end of their bullpen.”
Robertson was one of the best relievers on the free agent market and after signing this deal, the stock of other free agent relievers is sure to rise with the likes of Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton and Craig Kimbrel still on the market.