It is no secret that New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera is retiring this year after 18 seasons. He may have closed out 44 games this season and recorded a 2.25 ERA, but the first ballot Hall of Famer is finally hanging it up.
However, the retirement of the greatest closer of all-time has opened the door for David Robertson to step into the role. Robertson is 28 years old and has been groomed for this job for years now. He will finally get his shot in 2014 and fantasy baseball owners should take note now before fantasy magazines come out next spring.
The famous setup man was occasionally beaten up, evident by his 9.00 ERA in September, but Robertson was also lights out during stretches. He ended the year with a respectable 33 holds, a 5-1 record, and two saves of his own. Even better, Robertson struck out 11.78 batters per nine innings of work over his six years with the Yanks. Great fantasy closers need to be able to rack up strikeouts and Robertson certainly has that in his repertoire.
Robertson is the next closer to own in the Bronx, and seeing how good has Mo performed over the years, it would be wise to lock up D-Rob before next season begins. He showed that he could put up staggering numbers as a closer and a 35-save season seems almost guaranteed for the veteran next year.