David Robertson: “I pitched like crap”

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Yankees closer David Robertson blew a save last night, turning a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 walk-off loss against the Orioles, and afterward he had plenty of harsh things to say about himself:

I pitched like crap. A terrible job by me out there. I just stunk. … I just wasn’t able to do it today. I felt good in the pen. I felt great warming up earlier today. I thought I had good enough stuff. Those guys are too good to leave pitches in the zone.

Fair enough, but hopefully blowing a save when the Yankees’ playoffs hopes are slipping away won’t obscure the fact that Robertson has had an excellent season stepping into Mariano Rivera’s incredibly large shoes as the Yankees’ closer.

Robertson has a 2.93 ERA with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings and a .186 opponents’ batting average while converting 90 percent of his save chances. In his 17 seasons as the Yankees’ full-time closer Rivera converted 89 percent of his save chances.

Robertson has been damn good in a much-scrutinized role with impossibly high standards and, as a 29-year-old impending free agent, he’s about to cash in big on the open market.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.