Tampa Bay Rays Sign David Robertson

David Robertson has signed a Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. If all goes according to plan, this will be the first time he has pitched in the MLB since 2019. Yet, he will pitch for Triple-A before any potential call-up. 

Robertson played for Team USA during the Summer Olympics and clearly did well enough to get the attention of MLB teams. Now, Tampa Bay has added a veteran reliever who has an abundance of overall experience. 

In 2019 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Robertson was limited to just seven games. In them, he had his struggles, as he sported a 0-1 record to go along with a 5.40 ERA. Yet, it is important to remember the sample size was short. With the New York Yankees the season before, he was quite dependable from the bullpen, as he had an 8-3 record and 3.23 ERA. That is what the Rays will be hoping for from him.

In 661 career games, Robertson has a 55-33 record, 2.90 ERA and 137 total saves. He spent the vast majority of his career with the Yankees, but did also have a three-year stint with the Chicago White Sox before returning to the Bronx during the 2017 season. He also was a part of their 2009 World Series team and a 2011 All-Star. 

Nonetheless, this is a low-risk move by the Rays and one that could benefit them well if he returns to his previous form. 

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