Robin Ventura Happy To Add David Robertson
Before Monday night, Chicago White Sox manager, Robin Ventura said he was cautiously optimistic about signing David Robertson. As it would turn out, The Yankees continued to leave the door open giving teams the chance to sign the 29-year-old closer, and the White Sox landed him for four years.
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Ventura spoke about how strong a competitor Robertson is and how great it is to land such a player. And he should be thrilled to add a closer like Robertson. How often do you find a guy who is able to step into such a pressure role in a major market and save 39 of 44 opportunities? Robertson has proven he can close, which is why the Yankees should have held on to him. It’s hard enough to find consistent 9th inning guys in this league. If you can lock up a young closer for semi-reasonable money, you have to do it.
Right now, Ventura should be one of the happiest managers in baseball, as the White Sox have made some excellent moves at improving their club. First, they brought in Adam LaRoche; a strong left-handed bat who hit 26 home runs and 92 RBIs last season. Then they landed Jeff Samardzija in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Samardzija will be a solid addition to their rotation between Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, as he posted a 2.99 ERA last season in 33 starts and 219.2 innings between the Cubs and Athletics.
The White Sox all of a sudden have one of the better rotations in the American League, and they have the best closer in baseball as well. And the addition of LaRoche will only compliment the tremendous offensive powerhouse that is Jose Abreu, one of the game’s brightest young stars. While they only won 73 games in 2014, I think you can expect them to flirt with 80 wins and possibly even a wild-card spot this upcoming season.