LADY AT THE BAT: Trying To Make Sense of The Yankees' Snub of David Robertson

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Trying To Make Sense of The Yankees' Snub of David Robertson

The bad thing about the Winter Meetings being in San Diego is that Yankee fans who live on the east coast are at risk of waking up to bad news. That is what happened this morning with the news that came down of David Robertson's reported four-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

On the surface, it looks as if the Yankees made a huge mistake:  They gave Andrew Miller what everyone believes was Robertson's years and money (give or take $10 million) and, reportedly, they offered only three years to Robertson.  Then there is this bombshell:

Why? The million dollar question.  My guess is that Robertson didn't fit into the Yankees' alleged plans to replicate the 2014 Kansas City Royals lights out bullpen.  He was a very good closer this past year, but I wouldn't say he was lights out.  Dellin Betances was lights out.  Also, Andrew Miller is a lefty who had devastating stuff in 2014.  Add to that another lefty, Justin Wilson, who was acquired in that trade of Francisco Cervelli. All of those things--the Royals, Betances, stacking lefties--might be what adds up the Yankees snub of David Robertson.

Right now, I'm having a hard time making that equation work. Maybe I'm wasting my time trying.  Hopefully the Yankees will do or say something to help me and the rest of Yankees Universe feel otherwise.

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