The retirement of New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera will leave an unfamiliar hole in the team’s bullpen. Rivera ended his career with a major league record 652 saves and he was the most automatic closer in the history of fantasy baseball.
Luckily, the Yanks have RP David Robertson waiting in the wings. The team has been actively shopping for another reliever, but Robertson will obviously get first crack at the closer role. The right-hander has been under Rivera’s tutelage for a half decade and the future Hall of Famer has taught the youngster plenty of his old tricks.
Robertson has always been a dynamic strikeout artist out of the pen. In 66.1 innings of work in 2013, Robertson struck out 77 batters and amassed a 2.04 ERA with 1.04 WHIP. He has averaged 11.71 K/9 throughout his six-year professional career and those kinds of numbers are ideal for the ninth inning.
New York will be much better in 2014 with big name additions like C Brian McCann, OF Carlos Beltran, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, and of course, international sensation SP Masahiro Tanaka. The Bronx Bombers will be back in contention for the AL East title, and with the added talent, Robertson should be able to walk into a 35-plus save season.
Robertson will be a great second starter to grab this spring and he will come much cheaper than the other more popular options at the position. So if you are looking for a value pick at the closer position, make sure to highlight Robertson on your 2014 cheat sheet.