Friday, 18 January, 2019

Zach Britton agrees to deal to return to Yankees

A two-year deal with the Phillies means David Robertson is heading to the NL for the first time. More A two-year deal with the Phillies means David Robertson is heading to the NL for the first time. More
Isaac Mcdaniel | 07 January, 2019, 03:15

The Philadelphia Phillies have finally made a move to improve their pitching. Over the last three seasons the 33-year-old has tossed 200 innings with a 2.83 ERA.

The market for left-handed reliever Zach Britton appeared to pick up after the Phillies announced the signing of free agent reliever David Robertson on Thursday.

In addition to those two years, Robertson also has a relatively cheap $12 million club option for 2021, which is up to the Phillies if they want to exercise it. Robertson represented himself in the contract discussions. He spent his first seven big-league seasons with the Yankees before signing as a free agent with the White Sox before the 2015 season.

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In conversation with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Robertson said Philadelphia "really checked off all the boxes" for him, and that the Phillies are "hungry to get back to the postseason and win". Last season, he pitched for the Yankees, winning 8 games, saving 5, and had an ERA of 3.23. "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".

With Robertson now in the fold, it gives the Phillies a potential closer and more stability towards the backend of the bullpen.

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