Saturday, January 5, 2019

Phils Bolster Bullpen with Robertson

2019 Chachi New Additions #6
On Thursday, the Phillies seemingly put the finishing touches on their 2019 bullpen by signing reliever David Robertson to a two-year deal with an option for a third year.  Robertson will serve as a late-inning reliever, most likely splitting closer duties with Seranthony Dominguez.  Robertson has had two different stints with the Yankees during his 11-year career, first from 2008 to 2014 and then again in 2017 and last season.  In between, he spent 2 1/2 seasons with the White Sox.

One of the more reliable relievers in the game, Robertson appeared in 69 games for the Yankees last season, earning a 3.23 ERA with five saves.  An All-Star in 2011, he was the primary closer for the Yankees and White Sox between 2014 and 2016.

Robertson showed up in the 2008 Bowman Draft set and his first Topps flagship card can be found in the 2009 update set.  He has Yankees cards in several 2018 Topps offerings.

Moving On - 2018-2019 Offseason
  • Trevor Plouffe - inf (10/4/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Jose Bautista - of (10/29/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera - inf (10/29/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Aaron Loup - lhp (10/29/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Wilson Ramos - c (10/29/18) - Elected free agency, signed with the New York Mets on 12/18/18.
  • Pedro Beato - rhp (11/2/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Jesmuel Valentin - inf (11/2/18) - Elected free agency.
  • Pedro Florimon - inf/of (11/3/18) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Atlanta Braves.
  • Luis Avilan - lhp (11/30/18) - Non-tendered, becoming a free agent.
  • Justin Bour - 1b (11/30/18) - Non-tendered, becoming a free agent, signed with the Los Angeles Angels on 12/15/18.
  • Carlos Santana - 1b and J.P. Crawford - ss (12/3/18) - Traded to the Seattle Mariners for James Pazos, Juan Nicasio and Jean Segura.
  • Luis Garcia - rhp (12/6/18) - Traded to the Los Angeles Angels for Jose Alvarez.
New Arrivals - 2018-2019 Offseason
  • James Pazos - lhp, Juan Nicasio - rhp and Jean Segura - ss (12/3/18) - Acquired from the Seattle Mariners for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana.
  • Jose Alvarez - lhp (12/6/18) - Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for Luis Garcia.
  • Andrew McCutchen - of (12/12/18) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the New York Yankees.
  • David Robertson - rhp (1/3/19) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the New York Yankees.

As an added bonus, here's the short-printed version of Andrew McCutchen's New Additions insert card, featuring a photo from his recent Phillies introductory press conference.

2019 Chachi New Additions #5b


Section 36 said...

Building quite a team there.

Jim said...

A 2019 World Series appearance seems almost guaranteed for the Phils.