The Yankees made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to closer David Robertson, but he rejected it to become a free agent on Monday. The Yankees are still making it a top priority to bring him back according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.
While he wasn’t as dominant as he had been in previous seasons, Robertson did a fine job replacing Mariano Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season. In 64 1/3 innings, Robertson accrued 39 saves with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio.
The Yankees wouldn’t be in dire straits if they didn’t bring Robertson back, but keeping him at the back end after Dellin Betances and recently-acquired lefty Justin Wilson, as well as Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren, gives them a very deep bullpen that could rank among the best in the league.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: