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Cubs sign righty David Robertson, place Codi Heuer on 60-day IL


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Robertson had two saves in the 2020 Olympics (Nathan Ray Seebeck - USA Today Sports)
Robertson had two saves in the 2020 Olympics (Nathan Ray Seebeck - USA Today Sports)

MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher David Robertson on a one-year major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. To make room on the 40-man roster for Robertson, right-handed pitcher Codi Heuer was placed on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Robertson, 36, is 53-33 with 149 holds, 137 saves and a 2.93 ERA (220 ER/675.2 IP) in 673 major league games, all but one in relief, with the Yankees (2008-14, 2017-18), White Sox (2015-17), Phillies (2019) and Rays (2021). He has pitched to a 1.16 WHIP with 896 strikeouts in 675.2 innings, good for an average of 11.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.

The five-foot 11-inch Robertson has pitched in 33 postseason games, going 5-0 with three holds, a 3.11 ERA (13 ER/37.2 IP) and a 1.06 WHIP. He was a member of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees in his second major league campaign.

Robertson underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2019 and returned to action last year when he signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on August 18. He was selected by the Rays September 1 and pitched to a 4.50 ERA (6 ER/12.0 IP) with two holds in 12 relief appearances, walking four and striking out 16. Robertson pitched 4.0 scoreless innings in three relief appearances against Boston in the ALDS.

Selected by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 Draft out of the University of Alabama, Robertson made 60 or more appearances in nine-consecutive seasons from 2009-18 and became the first major league pitcher to average at least 10 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in each of his first 11 seasons (2008-18). Robertson was named to the 2011 A.L. All-Star Team and finished that season with a career-high 70.0 innings, a mark he would match in 2013 with the Yankees.

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