Figuring out the David Robertson Market4 min read
Today’s breaking MLB News was the Nationals finally adding to their awful bullpen, trading for Ryan Madson and Sean Dolittle from the Oakland A’s
#Athletics trade Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington for RHP Blake Treinen, INF Sheldon Neuse and LHP Jesus Luzardo
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 16, 2017
This is an intriguing development from the White Sox perspective, as many figured it was merely a matter of time until the Nationals traded for the White Sox top trade piece left, closer David Robertson. With the Nationals likely out of the bidding, lets look at the possible suitors left (I would still say there is 100% chance Robertson gets moved, so one of these teams is landing him)
The “Todd Fraizer too” Suitors
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
Both these teams are well into playoff contention, have the money to pay D-Rob these next 1.5 years, and a clear need. Plus, they could both also theoretically benefit from Todd Frazier! Basically, both these teams make a ton of sense. The Red Sox would probably offer more of a quality over quantity trade, as their system falls off after Jayson Groome and Rafael Devers, who most certainly aren’t coming back in this deal. The Yankees could maybe center the deal on the recently injured Dustin Fowler if the Sox want to risk that, or maybe 3B Miguel Andujar. Either way, both these teams should surely be in the bidding for Robertson.
The AL West WC contenders
- Texas Rangers
- Seattle Mariners
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Rangers, Mariners and Angeles could all theoretically push some chips in to make a push for the WC spot, and all 3 definitely need relief help. The Rangers are using Matt Bush to close out games, so D-Rob would slot right into the closer spot. The Mariners might keep Edwin Diaz in the 9th inning, but the rest of that bullpen is quite weak and could really benefit from a guy to bridge the gap to Diaz. And the Angeles need help almost everywhere non-Trout related, so attempting to shorten the game makes a lot of sense for them. None of these teams farm systems are particularly loaded, so the trade returns wouldn’t thrill anyone, but I’m sure Rick Hahn would make sure to get everything he could from each team.
That’s how bad their Bullpen has been. Even after adding Ryan Madson and Sean Dolittle, the Nationals, whose window is right now, could definitely benefit from adding David Robertson to the bullpen and being able to run out Koda Glover, Robertson or Madson to put out fires in the late innings. I wouldn’t expect the Nats to be the highest bidder here, but I wouldn’t entirely rule them out. A package around Carter Kieboom would be attractive to Rick Hahn I’m sure.
The NL West
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Colorado Rockies
- Arizona Diamondbacks
The Rockies/Diamondbacks bullpens have actually been quite solid, but there is no doubt they need to improve their team a bit if they really want to scare the Dodgers or Nationals in October. The Rockies have a young pitching staff that may not go too deep in games in the playoffs, so adding Robertson to the bullpen could really help get games to Greg Holland in the 9th. The Diamondbacks have entrusted the 9th to Fernando Rodney all year, and adding a veteran closer like David Robertson seems like a good idea in case things sour on Rodney. And then there is the Dodgers, who look like the NL pennant favorite for sure, but could probably use a guy to help get the ball into Kenley Jansen’s hands. The Diamondbacks don’t really have anything to trade so I’m sure fearless leader Hahn would rather just use them for leverage, maybe landing a guy like Ramiel Tapia from the Rockies or Willie Calhoun from the Dodgers.
NL Central Wild Cards
- Chicago Cubs
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Milwaukee Brewers
I don’t really expect these 3 teams to be in on D-Rob, but you never know. The Brewers seem unlikely to pay $12M to a reliever, the Cards already have Rosenthal, Oh and Cecil, and the Cubs need to use their resources on starters, plus they have Edwards+Davis. That being said, all three of these teams have their eyes on October baseball, and David Robertson would help them get there. So you never know whose gonna get desperate.
I think he goes to either the. New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers, two teams with the financial resources to take his contract on and the prospect depth to win a bidding war. The Yankees will give Robertson Tyler Clippard’s innings and feature the best 7-8-9 trio in the league, and the Dodgers will finally have a guy they can completely trust to bridge the gap to Jansen.