Reliever David Robertson signs two-year deal with Phillies

David Robertson

David Robertson The Canadian Press

Kapler's strategy may or may not stay the same in 2019, but the addition of one of the most consistent relievers in the game is a great move.

In addition to those two years, Robertson also has a relatively cheap $12 million club option for 2021, which is up to the Phillies if they want to exercise it.

The Phillies have added a talented arm to the bullpen.

Ottavino, a New York City native, timed his career year perfectly last season, posting an outrageous 63 FIP-/52 ERA- in the wide open spaces of Coors Field, and striking out almost 13 men per nine.

Grimm's deal includes an invitation to training camp, where the three-time defending AL Central champions will try to patch together a bullpen missing key components from past seasons. They need guys to fill almost every role in the bullpen including closer, and while Robertson hasn't been a dedicated closer for a few years, he could be that guy for the Phillies. He had a total of five saves and 91 strikeouts. They lost reliever Joe Kelly in free agency in December, and losing Kimbrel on top of that would create two sizable holes in the bullpen without many top-tier replacements left on the free-agent market. They've shown interest in re-signing Zach Britton and have met with the agent of right-hander Adam Ottavino, who spent the past seven years with the Colorado Rockies.

It should be interesting to see how the rest of this month shapes up for the Phillies as pitchers and catchers report soon to Clearwater, Florida.

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