Cubs sign veteran RHP David Robertson for bullpen depth


After landing their big free agent outfielder Wednesday, the Cubs went back to adding desperately needed pitching to their incomplete roster, signing veteran reliever David Robertson to a $3.5 million, one-year deal.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs put reliever Codi Heuer (Tommy John surgery) on the 60-day injured list.

Robertson, who turns 37 the first week of the season, was an All-Star setup man for the Yankees and and 30-plus-save closer for the Yankees and White Sox during his prime.

But after producing a 3.23 ERA during a 69-appearance 2018 season for the 100-win Yankees, he underwent Tommy John surgery the following season and has appeared in just 19 games since ’18.

The right-hander signed with the Rays last August after returning from surgery to pitch for Team USA in the Olympics, pitching 12 games for the American League East-champion Rays with a 4.50 ERA (12 strikeouts per nine innings) — adding three scoreless appearances during the playoffs.

The 13-year veteran has a 2.93 career ERA with 11.9 Ks per nine (3.11, 10.0 in 33 career postseason appearances).

He provides depth in the staff and experience the Cubs have sought for a what otherwise is a young bullpen.

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