Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that reliever David Robertson has turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $15.3 million.
There was some speculation that Robertson might accept the offer given that having draft pick compensation attached will hurt his free agent market, but clearly he’s convinced he can still get a multi-year deal for similar annual money. Perhaps from the Yankees, who’re still able to re-sign him.
Robertson was fantastic stepping into Mariano Rivera’s massive shoes as the Yankees’ closer, converting 39 of 44 save chances with a 3.08 ERA and 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 innings. Dating back to 2011 he’s thrown 258 innings with a 2.20 ERA and 12.3 strikeouts per nine frames.