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Yankees reach agreements with Robertson, Chamberlain

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Arbitration news keeps rolling in. No word yet on salaries, but the Yankees announced today that they have agreed to terms with arbitration-eligible relievers Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson. Here’s the announcement.

The Yankees today announced that they have agreed with RHP Joba Chamberlain and RHP David Robertson on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Chamberlain went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA (28.2IP, 9ER) in 27 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2011, holding opponents to a .228 (23-for-101) batting average and retiring 22-of-27 first batters faced (81.5%). He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/8 with a strained right flexor muscle before undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on 6/16, ending his season. In five Major League seasons, all with the Yankees, Chamberlain is 20-13 with a 3.70 ERA (382.0IP, 157ER) in 193 games (43 starts).

In 2011, Robertson went 4-0 with 1 save and a 1.08 ERA (66.2IP, 8ER) in a team-high 70 relief appearances with the Yankees, leading all AL relievers in ERA. He held hitters to a .170 (40-for-235) batting average and prevented 34-of-44 (77.3%) inherited runners from scoring. Over his four Major League seasons, all with the Yankees, Robertson owns a 14-6 career record with a 3.03 ERA (202.0IP, 68ER) in 204 relief appearances.

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43 Responses to “Yankees reach agreements with Robertson, Chamberlain”

  1. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Interesting that Boston signed Ellsbury (1 year, 8 mil) and not Ortiz.

  2. Erin January 17th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    DRob30 Excited for 2012! RT @Yankees: Pitchers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson agree to 1-year contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

  3. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Robertson will be my pick for “closer of the future” until further notice. :) The deceptiveness of his delivery, much like Mo’s cutter… brings a little something extra to the table that a reliever needs to be successful long term.

  4. hardwired7 January 17th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My guess is that the pitch Robertson threw in that pic resulted in a K.

  5. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    re-post

    yankeefeminista January 17th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    Betsy January 17th, 2012 at 2:17 pm?I agree with ID……Montero has been mediocre for the last two first halves of the 2010 and2012 seasons so why is it again that he is going to be the best DH in the league in 2012??________?Montero was coming into 2010 having been shut down early in 2009, due to a broken finger. But let’s just disregard that. He was also moving up from AA to AAA. 2012 hasn’t began yet, so don’t indict Montero prematurely. Or did you mean 2011? People are not going out on a limb by saying Montero can hit; it is as plain on the nose on anyone’s face. KLong said Montero, like Cano, is “another kid who can wake up out of bed and hit.” People may not want to keep hearing this, but the reason this trade is hard to take is that Montero’s bat is as close to a given as it gets. Pulling small sample sizes out of Montero’s milb career really doesn’t cut it. His overall career minor league numbers are staggering and he batted .328/.406/.590 in the majors. Take another angle, but don’t denigrate Montero’s ability to hit. You (not just you, Betsy) will seem awfully foolish.

  6. m January 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    ID,

    Robertson’s only drawback is that he likes to get in to a jam before escaping unscathed. :P

  7. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    hasn’t *begun yet

  8. Erin January 17th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    hardwired- :)

  9. blake January 17th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I wouldn’t agree to a deal if I were Ortiz…..he will hammer them in arbitration.

  10. yankeefeminista January 17th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    DRob’s tweet lol:

    “DRob30 profile

    DRob30 Excited for 2012! RT @Yankees: Pitchers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson agree to 1-year contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.”

    Yay, happy to have that resolved; Joba too.

  11. Phranchise January 17th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    The other thing with Robertson, he has the mentality to do it and all the times he is able to escape trouble has just built his confidence ridiculously. The ability to get swings and misses when needed is massive as well.

  12. CountryClub January 17th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Heyman says they both signed for 1.6 mil

  13. Phranchise January 17th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Robertson has to be the most valuable bullpen arm outside of a guy holding the closer role in all of baseball no?

  14. kd January 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    thanks for sharing that rumor pat m

    it make sense that cole would want la. it’s a hitter friendly park in a hitter-less division. if they come up with the cash, why not? it’s the best chance for him to put up hof numbers

    guess the yankees will have to win a bidding war

  15. Patrick January 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Robertson has to be the most valuable bullpen arm outside of a guy holding the closer role in all of baseball no?

    According to fWAR Robetson was the fourth most valuable reliever last year. Craig Kimbrell, Papelbon and Sean Marshall were ahead of him.

  16. CountryClub January 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    So this leaves Gardner and Martin. It’ll be interesting to see what numbers each side exchanges. Remember that they can still come to a deal before they go to arbitration. But I believe later today is when they give theie numbers if they havent already reached a deal.

  17. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Phranchise – Venters is pretty damn good… but probably somewhere between the two of them I think.

  18. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Crazy that Sean Marshall is that high on the list… hopefully that will not be Phil Hughes in a few years though :(

  19. Bret The Hitman January 17th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    CB January 17th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I’d rather than Pineda and Hamels than Pineda and Prince.

    **********

    What you’re saying is you’d rather have the CHANCE at Hamels and Pineda rather than the GUARANTEE of Prince and Pineda. Because as soon as you pass on Prince now, you won’t have that choice later. I think you are really just hoping Hamels reaches free agency and agrees to sign with the Yankees. I believe there is tremendous risk in that hope rather than locking up a hitter like Prince now when he is presently on the market and most likely willing to play for the Yankees.

  20. CountryClub January 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Jon Heyman
    remember, arb prices are based largely on service time. so value vs. salary may seem skewed in many cases.

  21. Tar January 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’m curious as to what the majority of Lohudians (lohudites?) think of the “Trade”.

    Chad can you put up one of those poll things on the sidebar?

    Maybe something like this

    Pick one:

    It kind of sucked X

    Wow it really sucked X

    %#$@$%%$^$$@!!! X

    :D

  22. DONNYBROOK January 17th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    - YANKEE LOCKER ROOM -

    A-ROD – “Hey, you guys hear that uppity rookie, what’s his name, oh yea, Montero got 86′d?

    MARTIN – “Yea I heard”. “The guy asked to carry my jock, but I told ‘em, thanks but no thanks”.

    JEET – “He even had the gaul to ask me for a signed baseball”. “I told him you gotta “pay” for one of those”. ( Laughter throughout the entire locker room) “He didn’t even get what I meant”

    TEX – “What’s so funny about that”?

    SWISHER – ” TEX dude, your flat-out hilacious hilarious dude”.

  23. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Here is Dave Cameron’s take on Montero… the founder of Fangraphs I believe and a huge Mariners fan.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....im-garcia/

  24. Irreverent Discourse January 17th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    ROFL… Swisher is even funny in Donny’s head.

  25. Patrick January 17th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Donny that was not worth a repost.

  26. CountryClub January 17th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Here’s a non sarcastic question to those of you talking about Prince, Hamels, etc…

    Do you think the idea that’s out there about the Yanks wanting to be under 189 mil in 2014 is real? Because if you do, they arent signing any big time FAs in the next couple of years.

    If that really is their goal, it’ll be REAL interesting to see what they do with Mariano after this yr if he decides he wants to come back. I guarantee you that they’re counting on his 15 mil being off the payroll in 2014. What do you do if he insists on another 2 yr deal after this season (the Yanks would probably want to go yr to yr)?

  27. DONNYBROOK January 17th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I do have my many critics.

  28. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    What do you do if he insists on another 2 yr deal after this season (the Yanks would probably want to go yr to yr)?

    ——————-

    Give it to him.

    I see Mo playing for at least as long as Jeter.

  29. CountryClub January 17th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Tar,

    River Ave Blues did a poll a couple of days ago. Like here, if you went by the comments, you would have thought that the majority of people hated the trade. But the poll results had like 80% of the people voting it as a good trade or great trade (they were separate options). And there were close to 2,000 total votes the last time I checked.

  30. DONNYBROOK January 17th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    AJ’s $$$= MO $$$

  31. Howe Farr January 17th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Donnybrook,

    are you 8 years old?

    That was the dumbest thing i have read on LoHud, and I have read many post from Betsy.

  32. Patrick January 17th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    River Ave Blues did a poll a couple of days ago. Like here, if you went by the comments, you would have thought that the majority of people hated the trade. But the poll results had like 80% of the people voting it as a good trade or great trade (they were separate options). And there were close to 2,000 total votes the last time I checked.

    Most comments I’ve read here and on other baseball forums / message boards / blogs are in favor of the trade, not sure what you’ve been reading

  33. hardwired7 January 17th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    66.2IP, 8ER

    Those are #s that would make Mo shake his head.

    Eight earned runs in all those pressure-packed innings? Does not compute.

  34. Erin January 17th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Tar-I always go with “LoHudders” ;)

  35. dogface January 17th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    1) Do you think the idea that’s out there about the Yanks wanting to be under 189 mil in 2014 is real?
    —————————

    Yes.

    2) Because if you do, they arent signing any big time FAs in the next couple of years.
    —————————-

    Aside from re-upping long term with Cano for big money, I think you are 100% correct.

  36. Patrick January 17th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Kuroda will have a better season than Pineda in 2012. It is known

  37. Tar January 17th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Country Club I will check it out.

    Erin Lohudders it is.

    That one makes me smile anyway. :wink:

  38. GreenBeret7 January 17th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Of course, with Banuelos selected as the second best left handed pitching prospect, he will be traded because Girardi doesn’t want a better left handed pitcher on the team than he was.

  39. Erin January 17th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Gossip Break: Yankee broadcaster edition

    No words for the shirt he’s wearing. :P

    Pix11Jodi jodi applegate
    @RealMichaelKay mourning the removal of his #SportsCenter viewing couch of 20+ years. #HGTV #DearGenevieve Sat 8:30pm http://twitter.com/Pix11Jodi/s.....17/photo/1

  40. Erin January 17th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    New Post- Three down, three to go: Arbitration decisions going as expected

    :arrow:

  41. Shame Spencer January 17th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Patrick January 17th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Most comments I’ve read here and on other baseball forums / message boards / blogs are in favor of the trade, not sure what you’ve been reading

    —————-

    As someone pointed out earlier, being upset about losing Montero but happy about having Pineda aren’t mutually exclusive… although they’re being painted that way.

  42. The Genius Maker January 17th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I was glad to see the last “sub” writers article was about Rivera. My site was named The Genius Maker (on the right listing of sites) as a Tribute to Mariano Rivera. The Genius Maker was because he made Torre look like a genius by bailing him out almost every time. To only throw one speed and be as effective as anyone to ever play is astounding. BTW, most of my site is more about the “inside” part of the game as I get into pitch selection and the subtleties of the game. Here’s to Mariano, may he have another great year!

    BTW, I people wanting Damon, need to look at how poor he was last year and also how he hit lefties better than righties – we don’t need him. While this may seem to oppose what I just said, I would trade Burnett and up to 5 mil for Jason Bay though. Bay is 5 years younger than Damon and while he hasn’t hit well the last two years, he did crush lefties with a .920 OPS. The Yanks need specialists because so many of their players won’t be pinch hit for. Bay would be a good guy against all lefties and could spell Gardner or Granderson (who I think will struggle more against lefties this year)

  43. randy l. January 17th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    “People may not want to keep hearing this, but the reason this trade is hard to take is that Montero’s bat is as close to a given as it gets. ”

    yankeefeminista-

    this is the basic truth of this whole debacle of trading montero.

    pineda probably has like 1/2 the chance of a 15 year quality career as montero.
    CB always raises the level of the conversation and his position the way i understand his position is that the yankees traded a lower risk player in montero for a higher risk player in pineda.

    they in effect traded for more risk.

    i don’t see how anyone can see it any other way.

    i think it’s the worse trade i’ve seen the yankees do in my lifetime .and that’s a long time. i came into the world with my mother yelling at my father for listening on the car radio to dimaggio destroy the red sox in the famous 4th of july series in the summer of ’49 as he drove us to the hospital for me to be delivered. that’s a lot of years rooting for the yankees.

    this is the worst yankee trade since Peterson and Kekich traded wives.

    i don’t hope pineda fails. it’s just that he’s a major risk.
    montero was as sure a thing as you get in baseball.

    montero did the job on the big stage. the kid was clutch. he was a yankee.


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