According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees won the claim for current White Sox closer, David Robertson. Heyman tweeted out the report early Monday morning, noting that a deal to send Robertson back to the Yankees was unlikely:
yankees place claim on ex-closer robertson; trade from chisox seen as unlikely, though. http://t.co/nArBrm9Jjs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 31, 2015
Robertson left the Yankees this past offseason, signing a 4-year, $46-million dollar contract with the White Sox. Robertson spent his first seven seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees, posting a 2.81 ERA, 524 strikeouts, and 47 saves in 393.1 innings. The gate opened for Robertson to leave New York, after the Yankees decided to sign Andrew Miller this offseason. Robertson has had a very solid first season with the White Sox, as he currently has a 2.60 ERA, 71 strikeouts, and 27 saves in 52 innings.
The White Sox signed Robertson as part of a very busy offseason that included signing 1B Adam LaRoche and OF Melky Cabrera and trading for SP Jeff Samardizja. The White Sox had high expectations for the 2015 season and lets just say the season has not gone as they have hoped as they currently have a 61-68 record and have very little chance, if any, to make the playoffs. Dealing Robertson to the Yankees to clear salary makes a lot of sense, but the White Sox are not known for making the most logical moves.
The claim also makes a lot of sense from the Yankees point of view as they have already tried to bolster their dominant bullpen by trying to trade for Craig Kimbrel before the trade deadline. The wavier claim also blocked the Toronto Blue Jays from winning the claim and potentially adding David Robertson to their already dominant roster. So, while a deal makes sense for both teams, it is not likely that we see David Robertson back in Pinstripes this season.