The Boston Red Sox may be losing veteran closer Craig Kimbrel this offseason, but another dominant right-hander may be coming their way. Kimbrel declined the Red Sox’s one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent this past Monday.
There are apparently some rumors that free agent and very reliable Yankees reliever David Robertson may be interested in signing with Boston this offseason.
— WEEI (@WEEI) November 17, 2018
There’s no guarantee that Robertson will return to the Yankees as he apparently ruffled some feathers in a meeting about postseason shares, and has decided to represent himself this offseason citing his longevity in the league and confidence in his ability to express what he brings to a team.
In a conversation with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Robertson mentioned that he wants to play for a team that is close to his home in Rhode Island.
David Robertson is representing himself this offseason. He has spoken to Brian Cashman, who said the righty would prefer to pitch for a team near his Rhode Island home. (That does include New York).
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) November 16, 2018
In a stint with the White Sox before coming back to New York, Robertson landed a four-year, $46 million deal which he just finished. Now, entering his 12th season in the majors and on the back nine of his career at 33, Robertson has to negotiate the free agent market on his own for the first time. He’s seeking a three-year deal, according to MLB’s Mark Feinsand, which would take him through age 36.
Current late innings options for the Red Sox include Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier and adding another veteran to the mix would be ideal especially with Robertson’s closing experience and signing a player away from the rival Yankees is always a nice bonus!