ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers, reigning World Series champions, are fortifying their bullpen with the addition of veteran reliever David Robertson. The Rangers and Robertson have reached an agreement on a one-year contract, as confirmed by a source familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity pending the completion of a physical examination.
Robertson, a seasoned pitcher, has undergone a remarkable journey, playing for five teams after returning from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and a significant portion of 2021.
According to ESPN reports, Robertson’s deal with the Rangers is expected to guarantee him between $11 million to $12 million.
The 38-year-old right-hander staged a comeback, pitching 12 innings across 12 games for the Tampa Bay Rays at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Since then, he has made 120 appearances over the last two seasons, showcasing his resilience on the mound.
During the 2022 season, Robertson contributed to the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, and in the following year, he played for the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. Accumulating 18 saves and maintaining a 3.03 ERA over 62 innings in the 2023 season, Robertson brings a wealth of experience and skill to the Rangers’ bullpen.
The Rangers, despite their bullpen’s regular-season struggles with a 4.77 ERA and a 47.6% save conversion rate, clinched their first World Series title last season. The addition of former All-Star closer Kirby Yates earlier in the offseason, along with the return of pitchers Jose Leclerc and Josh Sborz, has signaled a commitment to bolstering their bullpen.
Robertson, with 15 seasons in the big leagues, has played a pivotal role in postseason appearances, winning the 2009 World Series with the New York Yankees and securing the 2022 National League pennant with the Philadelphia Phillies.
With a career record of 63-42, 175 saves, and a 2.90 ERA in 793 regular-season games, Robertson’s veteran presence and postseason success make him a valuable asset as the Rangers aim to defend their championship.