Checking in on 4 pitchers the Cubs traded away last season

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Checking in on 4 players the Cubs traded away last season: #2 - David Robertson

After what felt like months of rumors connecting the Mets to the likes of not only David Robertson, but also Ian Happ and Willson Contreras, none of the three wound up in the Big Apple (not totally surprising given how bad the Javier Baez - Pete Crow-Armstrong trade already looks). Instead, Robertson wound up with New York's division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Robertson was no stranger to the Phillies, having spent both 2019 and 2020 with the organization, although things didn't go quite as planned in that first go-round. The right-hander wound up making all of 29 appearances over that two-year span - hardly the worth the $21 million investment Philadelphia made looking to bolster the bullpen.

However, this second stint with the team went markedly better. He arrived in early August and made 22 appearances, posting a 2.70 ERA and11.6 K/9 for the eventual National League champion Phillies. He was very effective come October, even notching four scoreless appearances in the Fall Classic against Houston, striking out five Astros in the process.

This winter, Robertson did wind up with the Mets - a move that looks even more critical for New York after the loss of closer Edwin Diaz in the WBC. He's been everything the club could ask for and then some, making nine appearances to the tune of a 0.96 ERA, 0.750 WHIP and 2.15 FIP. At age 38, the former All-Star shows no signs of slowing down.