Throughout the New York Yankees half a billion dollar spending spree this offseason, they really only left one question unanswered.
Who will replace Mariano Rivera as closer?
That’s really not much of a surprise, but Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman went one step closer to naming David Robertson the heir to Rivera.
Robertson certainly has the stuff to become an effective arm in the ninth inning, but as we all know, pitching in the ninth inning is a whole different ballgame than pitching in the eighth. Throw on the added pressure that Robertson will be replacing the game’s greatest closer of all-time and he will certainly be a guy worth monitoring closely in spring training.
The 28-year old has shown that he can be dominant at times, even earning an All-Star selection in 2011. He had a 2.04 ERA and 10.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings average in 66.1 innings last season.
Of course drafting Robertson all really depends on how high you value saves to begin with.
He’s likely not to go as high in most drafts as some of the game’s top closers, as many of them will be drafted too early, but he could be worth taking a risk on in the middle rounds.
With the Yankees re-tooled offense and an improved pitching staff, there could be plenty of save opportunities for Robertson in 2014.
If Robertson does nail down the closer role, the only question the Yanks have left to answer is who is going to get him the ball?