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.