According to Jack Curry of YES, David Robertson rejected a $15.3-million qualifying offer from the New York Yankees, and has become a free agent to the open market.
David Robertson has turned down the Yankees qualifying offer.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) November 10, 2014
The Yankees may still negotiate with Robertson, who is likely to command a three or four-year deal as the top closer available on the free-agent market. If he is not going to be a Yank next season, Dellin Betances will be the most likely candidate to replace him as closer. Betances, 26, had a stellar rookie season, striking out 135 batters over 90 innings while posting a 1.40 ERA.
Also, any team that signed Robertson will give up a draft pick as compensation. He has attracted interested from six clubs, with one that has a top-11 pick, according to reports. The Boston Red Sox could be interested, even after recently signing Koji Uehara to a $18-million, two-year deal.
More to come from On-Base Talk.