David Robertson is gonna make a lot of money one way or the other next year. Here’s one possible way:
Another way: rejecting it and hitting the free agent market.
That has been a dicey path for some free agents recently, with guys like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew and Nelson Cruz taking lower-than-expected contracts and/or not even making spring training due to teams not wishing to burn a first round pick in addition to the money on the free agent.
It’s hard to say where Robertson falls on that scale. On the one hand, lots of teams experienced bullpen failures last year which harmed their chances. On the other, most teams aren’t of a mindset to go so rich on a closer that it impedes them in other areas.
Whoever winds up with Robertson will have a good pitcher, though. He saved 39 games in 44 chances while posting a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio while taking over the Yankees’ closer job from Mariano Rivera.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.