David Robertson may be thriving in the role of replacing the legendary Mariano Rivera as the New York Yankees closer, but he and the Yankees have yet to discuss a potential contract extension, according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News.
It's typical team policy for the Yankees to wait until after the season to address contracts, and Robertson said that while he wants to be back, "we'll see what happens."
Robertson will be a free agent for the first time following the season, and the 29-year-old has received high praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his first-half performance:
"I don't know how you could expect someone to do any better than he's done," Girardi said. "Going into it, there's going to be whispers whenever he blows a save or has a bad day, and I think he's handled that great. I don't know how you could have a much better first half than what he's had."
Robertson has made 32 appearances for New York in 2014, posting a 2.76 ERA and 1.041 WHIP. His 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings is a career high, and his 23 saves ranks third in the American League.
The Yankees will face plenty of questions this offseason as they address holes in their starting rotation, needs in the infield, and the inevitable 'who replaces Derek Jeter?' As pointed out by the Daily News, one of those questions will be whether to re-sign Robertson or opt to make the younger and cheaper Dellin Betances next season's closer.
- Aaron Somers