Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have claimed David Robertson off revocable waivers. Though Heyman says that no trade talks have taken place, the Yankees and White Sox have until 2 p.m. today to work something out if they choose to. Otherwise, the Sox will pull Robertson back.
The Yankees would likely love a reunion with Robertson, at least if they don’t have to give up much for him. Their former closer has a 2.60 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 71/11 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season for Chicago and he’d bolster a Yankees pen that has been greatly taxed due to injuries and some ineffectiveness with the rotation. Robertson is not cheap given that he signed a four-year, $46 million free agent contract last winter, so the Sox might at least think about it for a second.
Ultimately, though, it seems unlikely that Chicago would give him up given comments from team brass earlier this season about them continuing to think of themselves as being in the middle of a competitive window that will last a few years rather than being in “aw shucks, time to sell” mode.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.