The Yankees just made a big commitment to a free agent reliever, signing left-hander Andrew Miller last Friday to a four-year, $36 million contract. But they’re not done addressing the back end of their bullpen.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yanks remain heavily interested in re-signing closer David Robertson and “seem flexible” about giving the 29-year-old right-hander a four-year deal.
Robertson is also drawing serious interest from the Astros, who were in on Miller until the very end. And the White Sox are expected to continue their pursuit of Robertson, even after finalizing a trade with the A’s for Jeff Samardzija.
Robertson boasts a dominant 2.20 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 12.3 K/9 in 258 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season and he saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014. He’d likely stay at closer in New York, with Miller and Dellin Betances serving as his setup men. That’s quite a group of late-inning relievers.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.