MLB Free Agency: Who is the Best Non-Kimbrel Reliever on the Market?

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates a victory in game two of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 23, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates a victory in game two of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 23, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 30: David Robbertson #30 of the New York Yankees pitches during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday September 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty images) /

David Robertson

David Robertson has already earned a big contract once in his career, signing a four year, $46 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Robertson has shown in his career that he can be very good. In the final four seasons of his first stint with the Yankees, his strikeout numbers were fantastic, a 12.3 K/9, as well as a 2.20 ERA. After he left for the White Sox, he wasn’t quite as dominant. He was good in his first season, saving 34 games and striking out 12.2 per nine and a 0.932 WHIP, but his ERA was worse than his peripherals, sitting at 3.41.

In his last full season with the White Sox, his ERA stayed pretty much the same, but his strikeout numbers went down, and his WHIP rose.

In 2017, he was traded back to the Yankees and was very good, but regressed slightly in 2018 in a full season with the Yanks.

MLB Trade Rumors has projected Robertson’s contract to be three years, $33 million. He’s had success in both a closer role and as a dominant setup man, even working in multiple innings with his fastball/curve combination, and he could cash in on one more big payday this offseason.