Source: Dave Robertson has deal

Updated: January 25, 2013, 2:54 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews |

The New York Yankees on Friday made a clean sweep of all the arbitration-eligible cases on their plate this winter, coming to terms with right-handed reliever David Robertson on a one-year deal worth $3.1 million, according to a team source.

Previously, the Yankees had avoided going to arbitration with pitchers Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan.

Robertson, who made 65 appearances in a setup role for emergency closer Rafael Soriano, was 2-7 with a 2.67 ERA in 2012. He enjoyed a breakout 2011 season as Mariano Rivera's setup man, going 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 70 appearances.

In that season, he earned the nickname "Houdini" for his remarkable ability to escape from jams, many of his own making. He had far less success in those situations last season.

But Robertson's 2012 was plagued by injuries -- a broken foot suffered in a freak accident in his home during spring training, and an oblique strain after briefly assuming the closer's role after Rivera suffered a season-ending knee injury in May.

In 2013, Robertson is expected to re-assume the role he played in 2011, as the setup man for the 43-year-old Rivera, who is returning as the team's closer after a winter of rehabilitation.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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