Saturday, November 8, 2014

With Qualifying Offer Deadline Nearing, David Robertson Still Hasn't Said What He'll Do

Yankees' Closer David Robertson still hasn't said whether he'll except the team's qualifying offer,'s Brendan Kuty reports.

And that's probably not something the Yankees want to hear right now, as the deadline for Robertson's deal currently sits just 48 hours away. Or, to be exact, Robertson has to make up his mind by 5 p.m. ET Monday, with the Yanks likely having to compete with other clubs for his services if he decides to test the market.

From Kuty's article: 

"Robertson has three choices. He could take the deal, decline it and sign with another team, or decline it and sign with the Yankees. Taking the deal doesn’t mean the Yankees couldn’t still work out a multi-year contract for Robertson.

Robertson could face consequences if he rejects the deal, which he’s expected to do.

Teams signing players who reject qualifying offers must forfeit their top draft pick, which the players’ former clubs receive in the form of a post-first round sandwich choice. This season, the top 11 picks are protected."

According to Kuty, the teams with those protected picks could pursue Robertson this winter, as each of them is presently looking to upgrade their bullpen. That group includes the Red Sox, who - in spite of the fact that they just signed Koji Uehera to an extension - would likely jump at the chance to acquire a Yankee. 

Robertson, 29, is coming off a solid first season in New York's ninth-inning role, converting 39 of 44 save opportunities while maintaining a respectable 3.08 ERA. 

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