The Houston Astros have contacted Scott Leventhal, David Robertson‘s agent, to express the interest in the free agent reliever, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. Previously, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported that the Astros were aggressively pursuing a top closer. He named Robertson, Sergio Romo and Andrew Miller. As many as a six teams have reached out to the right-hander.
Robertson wants a four-year deal for about $13 million every season. However, the Astros payroll last season was $50.5 million, that could possibly be less than the total amount that Robertson requires. He is looking for about $52 million over those four-years. The 29-year-old is looking to get a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies. If the Astros did man-up and make the deal, this deal could prove to be very effective.
Robertson declined the Yankees’ $15.3-million qualifying offer earlier this month.
The 17th round draft pick has been in the league for seven years, all in the Bronx. He has posted a career 25-19 record, with a 2.81 ERA. He has a 1.215 WHIP and a 0.7 home run per nine innings ratio. In his latest season with the Yankees, Robertson accumulated a 4-5 record with a 3.08 ERA and racked up 39 saves, good for third in the American League. He achieved a 1.057 WHIP and pitched 64.1 innings.