The Chicago Cubs are poised to make quite a few splashes this offseason. And for the Cubs, pitchers have been the main focus thus far.
"“Should Robertson decline the qualifying offer, he would face free agency with a draft pick attached to him. But top 11 picks in next year’s draft – it’s typically the top 10 picks, but the Astros have two selections after failing to sign their No. 1 pick last year, so it’s 11 this season – are protected from compensation, meaning one of the 10 teams picking near the top could sign Robertson without sacrificing its No. 1 pick."
Robertson, who replaced Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer following his retirement, developed into an important member of the New York bullpen. The 29-year old finished an impressive 2014 season with 39 saves. He also compiled an ERA of 3.08, blowing just five saves. Nevertheless, he stepped into a significant void to fill, and completed his duty.
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In New York, an uncertain and struggling future awaits. With the Cubs however, Robertson would be handed a terrific opportunity to succeed and develop into a leader. Being in Chicago with an up and coming team would allow for more room to grow and an ability to present his potential.
Many of the ten teams with protected picks in next year’s draft – the Astros, Rockies, Cubs, White Sox and Rangers, to name a few – need a viable closer, a role which Robertson could no doubt fill.
Chicago has the money – that much has been made clear. That being said, it remains to be seen if the team is planning to dedicate significant resources to relief pitching this winter.
"“The Cubs would certainly be an intriguing landing spot as new manager Joe Maddon is quite familiar with Robertson’s work after watching him for several years in the AL East with the Rays. And Chicago has plenty of money to spend.”"