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Phillies Sign David Robertson To 2 Years $23 Million

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  • Phillies Sign David Robertson To 2 Years $23 Million

    Steady reliever David Robertson signs two-year deal with Phillies

    Free-agent reliever David Robertson has signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that includes a third-year club option, the team announced Thursday.

    Robertson will make $10 million in 2019 and $11 million in 2020, a source told ESPN. A $12 million option for 2021 includes a $2 million buyout.

    An 11-year veteran who has spent most of his career with the Yankees, Robertson went 8-3 with five saves and a 3.23 ERA in 69 relief appearances last season for a Yankees bullpen that was third in the American League with a 3.38 ERA.

    Robertson had quality regular-season splits that were almost identical pre- and post-All-Star break, a testament to his consistency. He excelled at helping get leads to closer Aroldis Chapman, who had 32 saves in 34 chances last season. Robertson's WHIP ranked seventh among AL relievers who pitched at least 60 innings, and opponents hit .183 against him.

    Robertson, who negotiated the deal himself, is 53-32 with a 2.88 ERA and 137 saves in 654 relief appearances with the Yankees and Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed a breakout 2011 season as Mariano Rivera's setup man, going 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 70 appearances.

    Since 2010, Robertson has thrown 583 innings, the third most by any pitcher as a reliever in that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also has the most wins by a reliever (47) and the fourth-best ERA (2.72, minimum 500 innings pitched) in that span.