David Robertson wants “Jonathan Papelbon money”

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that free agent closer David Robertson is looking for “Papelbon money.” Which, when taken literally, means money that’s a tad lunkheaded and likes to grab its crotch. Financially speaking, that’s $50 million over four years.

Robertson was already offered a one-year deal at the highest single-year salary a closer would have ever received — $15.3 million in the form of the Yankees’ qualifying offer — but he has his sights set on bigger things. Can he get it, though? Unlike Papelbon, anyone who signs Robertson will have to give up a first round pick.

Robertson has a 2.74 ERA and a fantastic strikeout rate over his seven seasons as a Yankees reliever. But it’s gonna be awful hard for him to get someone to give him $50 million, I think.

 

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”