David Robertson has yet to talk about a contract extension with the Yankees, who would have been very smart to lock him up on a multi-year deal before the season started.
“It would have to be a legit offer at this point of the year," Robertson told the NY Post on Wednesday night after the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Robertson, who did not pitch in the game, has been given the past couple of days off after recording three saves in three nights earlier this week, giving him 30 saves in his first season as the Yankees' closer.
“This offseason I probably would have gone for a discount, although I wasn't a closer,’’ said the 29-year-old right-hander, who is in the final year of his contract. Putting together a great year so far, one that has made people seemingly forget that Mariano Rivera is no longer here, Robertson likely won't be re-signing at a cheap price this winter.
The Yankees are known for not talking about extensions before a player's contract runs out, but they broke that rule during spring training this year when locking up Brett Gardner on a four-year, $52 million extension -- how great is that deal looking right now? -- and the Yankees really missed an opportunity to keep Robertson on less money.
So he'll likely become a free-agent this winter, and can easily command a lot of money. There is a chance that the Yankees give him a qualifying offer for about $15 million, which would make him the highest paid closer in the league.
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