The latest from Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com …
David Robertson, the top free agent closer this winter, is said to have such a vibrant mark that he’s likely to get a four-year deal despite having a draft pick attached to him by virtue of him declining the Yankees’ qualifying offer.
Heyman heard from one executive that Robertson already has a three-year offer on the table worth around $39 million, and the price is expected to go up from there. The Yankees are hoping to keep the 29-year-old right-hander — they extended him the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer — but several teams in need of relief help are looking to pluck him away.
Robertson boasts a dominant 2.20 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 354 strikeouts in 258 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season. He saved 39 games (in 44 opportunities) for the 84-78 Yankees in 2014.
The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.
Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.
Here’s how it went:
This was confirmed by other reporters:
To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.
But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.
We live in interesting times.