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Yankees Sign Robertson and Chamberlain to One-year Contracts
After signing right-handed starter Phil Hughes to a one-year, $3.25 million contract, the New York Yankees signed relievers David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain to one-year deals as well to avoid arbitration, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Prior to straining his right flexor muscle and undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 16 last year, Chamberlain went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA. He held opponents to a .228 (23-for-101) batting average and pitched 28-2/3 innings in 27 relief appearances, allowing nine earned runs.
On his career, Chamberlain is 20-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 193 games, 43 of which he started.
When Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano each landed on the disabled list during the first half of last season, Robertson emerged as New York manager Joe Girardi's go-to reliever in the eighth inning. He made a team-high 70 relief appearances, finishing the year with a 4-0 mark, one save and an ERA of 1.08.
Robertson, who was a last-minute addition to the 2011 American League All-Star squad, had the lowest ERA among all AL relievers. He held opponents to a .170 (40-for-235) batting average and—due in large part to his ability to strike hitters out—prevented 77.3 percent (34 of 44) of the runners he inherited from scoring.
In 204 relief appearances over four seasons, Robertson is 14-6 with a 3.03 ERA.
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