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David Robertson
Birthdate: 4/9/1985 (31 y, 11 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 17, Pick: 28, Overall: 524, Team: New York Yankees
Contract: $46M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Robertson (knee) threw a scoreless inning during Sunday's game against the Rockies. (2/27/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Robertson experienced a down year across the board, as he saw declines in his strikeout and walk rates while posting the highest ERA he's had since 2010 with the Yankees. It was still a respectable season for a reliever — 3.47 ERA, 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.6 walks per nine— but it wasn't exactly what one might be expecting from a reliever who still has two years and $25 million left on his deal. The narrowing of K and BB rates is never a positive, as his strikeouts were down from 12.2 and 13.4 K/9 from the two years prior, and the walk rate not only more than doubled from 1.9 BB/9 the year before, but soared to nearly a walk over his career rate (3.7 BB/9). Worse yet is the age-old question of what value the closer has on a really bad team. Our projected standings have the White Sox winning just 69 games - a mark only San Diego (65) fares worse in. Beyond that, Robertson isn't even the best reliever on his own team anymore. Nate Jones proved that was him last year, and frankly would probably have the inside track on saves on the South Side if it weren't for Robertson's salary. A trade remains a distinct possibility, but since it hasn't happened yet, it's not really something fantasy owners can bank on. Beyond that, there'd be no guarantee he'd be closing for the acquiring team, anyway. Robertson has bust potential written all over him.

The Quick Opinion: Robertson is still a fine reliever, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old righty showed some cracks last year and could be on the way out of Chicago. Don't be surprised if Jones steals his job. 

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