With the New York Yankees bullpen struggling as of late, a reunion with David Robertson could be just what the team needs.
Entering the 2017 season, the bullpen was supposed to be the strong suit for the New York Yankees. However, it has turned into an area where the team could definitely use some assistance.
The month of June, in particular, had been a painful month for New York’s pen, especially considering Adam Warren was placed on the disabled list and key members struggled mightily.
Tyler Clippard is one name who pitched poorly out of the pen last month, sporting an 11.17 ERA through just 9.2 innings pitched and surrendering four home runs.
All-star Dellin Betances also saw his fair share of struggles as well, surrendering four earned runs in just eight innings of work in the month of June.
Based on these numbers from pivotal pitchers, there is undoubtedly a glaring hole that needs to be filled in this Yankees bullpen. One man who can fill this gap is none other than former Yankee David Robertson.
The right-hander is no rookie when it comes to handling his business in New York, considering he played in the big apple for the first seven seasons of his career.
Since arriving in Chicago, Robertson has been primarily used in the closer role, but if he did come back to New York, he would more likely take the seventh inning spot which shouldn’t be much of a big deal.
Unlike most members of the Yankees pen, David Robertson is currently having one of the best seasons of his career. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 27 appearances.
The 32-year old has been the definition of consistency since arriving in the major leagues, not having an ERA over 3.50 since 2010 when he was still a young pitcher adjusting to the majors.
Many fans might be wondering what the Yankees would have to surrender to the White Sox in order to grab a guy like Robertson, which is certainly a valid question.
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If a deal were to happen, the price probably would not be too steep considering Robertson only has one year left on his contract and is not the same all-star pitcher he used to be.
However, the Yankees would probably have to give up one or more of their top 10 prospects up to the White Sox, which is a small price to pay for help in an area where they need it the most.
Bringing David Robertson back to the Bronx might not be the most eye-popping option regarding a Yankees bullpen fix, but it is certainly one of the most viable.