New York Yankees right hander David Robertson is one of the best relief pitchers on the MLB free-agent market, and it sounds like the list of teams he'd consider signing with is based on geographical reasons.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch tweeted some insight into Robertson's plans, which revolve around staying close to home.
David Robertson is representing himself this offseason. He has spoken to Brian Cashman, who said the righty would prefer to pitch for a team near his Rhode Island home. (That does include New York).— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) November 16, 2018
The teams closest to Rhode Island are the Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays are fairly close, too. All of those teams would be wise to upgrade their bullpen, and the Red Sox could have a huge need for more relief pitching if closer Craig Kimbrel and/or Joe Kelly leaves via free agency.
Robertson pitched 69 2/3 innings over 69 appearances for the Yankees in 2018. He posted an 8-3 record with five saves, 21 holds, a 3.23 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 26 walks.
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