Veteran closer Robertson joins Marlins after trade with Mets

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David Robertson.

On Thursday night, the Marlins bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Mets closer David Robertson in a trade that sent prospects Marco Vargas and Ronald Hernández to New York. Miami will assume the remaining $3.5 million owed to Robertson for this season.

With an impressive performance history, Robertson boasts a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 40 appearances during the 2023 season, successfully converting 14 out of 17 save opportunities. His Statcast percentile rankings demonstrate remarkable proficiency across various metrics.

As a seasoned 15-year MLB veteran, Robertson brings valuable experience, including 172 career saves and a World Series ring obtained during his time with the Phillies in 2022. He now joins Jorge Soler and Yuli Gurriel as fellow World Series champions on the Marlins’ roster.

Robertson’s addition addresses the team’s need for right-handed high-leverage arms in the bullpen, providing a valuable complement to the existing group of relievers. Strengthening the bullpen is of utmost importance for the Marlins, given their frequent involvement in close and low-scoring games.

In the first half of the season, Miami’s relievers performed admirably, ranked third in MLB with a 3.87 xFIP and ninth with a 3.2 WAR. However, their performance declined in the second half, with a 4.29 xFIP (ranked 15th) and a disappointing -0.1 WAR (ranked 24th).

Despite this recent slump, the Marlins are currently only half a game away from securing an NL Wild Card spot, even though they have faced difficulties, losing nine out of their 11 games since the All-Star break.

In the trade deal for David Robertson, whose contract is expiring, the Marlins sent away 18-year-old infielder Marco Vargas (their No. 18 prospect) and 19-year-old catcher Ronald Hernández (their No. 21 prospect). Both talented young players are currently competing in the rookie-level Florida Complex League.

Acknowledging the trade rumors swirling around him, Robertson admitted that it has not been the most enjoyable part of the year. Despite the distractions and uncertainties, he maintains his focus on competing on the field, fully aware that his time with the team might be limited.

“I’ve been handling the situation with composure and focus, concentrating on delivering strong performances and fulfilling my duties as part of the team that has entrusted me to play for them. Now, with this move, I look forward to embracing the opportunity to join Miami and becoming a valuable member of a determined group of players striving for victory.”

This week, Miami has made its third addition to the bullpen. On Wednesday, the club executed a trade, bringing in Minnesota right-hander Jorge López in exchange for Dylan Floro. López, with one more year of arbitration, is seen as a potential candidate for a fresh start with considerable promise. Additionally, on Tuesday, the Marlins acquired left-hander José Castillo from the Padres in exchange for cash considerations, and he was subsequently sent to Triple-A Jacksonville.


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