The White Sox had a busy Monday night trading for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signing free agent reliever David Robertson.
While Samardzija will help the White Sox rotation, the addition of Robertson will be just as important. The White Sox bullpen was one of the most inconsistent in all of baseball last season making the addition of the 29-year-old a key signing for a team who suddenly looks like a contender in the wide open AL Central.
Robertson was said to have a four year deal worth $39 million on the table for over a week. His former team the Yankees recently added Andrew Miller which seemed to rule out a Bronx return.
Robertson gets $46M for 4 yrs. Bob nightengale 1st with chisox
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2014
He now gets a four year deal worth $46 million which is sightly less than the Jonathan Papelbon contract he was said to be seeking. (four years, $50 million)
Shielded from losing a first round pick – as they were one of baseball’s ten worst teams record wise – the White Sox only had to worry about the dollars and year for the right hander who finished last year with 39 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in his first season as a closer.