White Sox could use another relief pitcher to strengthen its bullpen. Would a reunion with their former relief pitcher make sense?
David Robertson was good but not great during his tenure with the White Sox. Robertson was signed a free agent by the Sox after the 2014 season in the hopes of helping the franchise get back to the postseason.
The Sox didn’t have a winning record during Robertson’s tenure and ended up trading him to the team that originally drafted him, the New York Yankees in 2017. Robertson is now a free agent and would be a nice addition to the Sox bullpen.
While Robertson likely wouldn’t make sense as the closer for the Sox, he could be a nice seventh or eighth inning option. In 2018, Robertson compiled a 3.23 ERA through 69 appearances with the Yankees. He had a 1.033 WHIP with 91 strikeouts in 69.2 innings pitched.
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The Sox bullpen currently has some moderate depth with right-handed pitchers. Nate Jones and Alex Colome figure to provide the Sox with a solid 1-2 punch in the eighth and ninth inning next season. Adding Robertson would give the Sox even more depth in their bullpen.
At 33, Robertson could make sense on a two-year deal with the Sox. He has veteran experience that would certainly help the Sox younger relief pitchers. Although his first stint with the Sox didn’t go as planned in regards to the postseason, he would be joining a team that could be closer to contending than they were in his first tenure.
Having a stable bullpen is important for a team to contend. The Sox bullpen while getting stronger with the addition of Colome via trade, still has room for improvement. Robertson and the Boston Red Sox have been rumored to having mutual interest recently. If the Sox think a reunion with their former closer makes sense, the front office might want to make a move to sign him soon.