Mets' David Robertson embraces opportunity to 'go for another ring'

New York Mets relief pitcher David Robertson (30) during spring training workouts
New York Mets relief pitcher David Robertson (30) during spring training workouts / Rich Storry - USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps one of the more underrated additions in a busy offseason for the Mets was the signing of David Robertson. Revamping the bullpen was one of the front office's top priorities this winter and the 37-year-old was one of their biggest pieces.

Robertson is coming off a stellar season with the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. He converted 20 save opportunities and posted a 2.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts across 58 appearances. His 30.7 strikeout percentage finished in the 90th percentile in all of baseball.

The veteran right-hander was connected to the Mets ahead of last season’s trade deadline. GM Billy Eppler showed heavy interest in Robertson, due to their strong relationship from their days with the Yankees.

However, with the Cubs’ reportedly high asking price, the two sides couldn’t come to terms and he ended up with the rival Phillies.

Now just a few months later, the two are reunited on the other side of town, and Robertson is thrilled for the opportunity to compete for a World Series title with the Mets.

“For me, I’ve been in New York before, I’ve played in a big market. It’s a great opportunity and it’s a good fit for me,” Robertson recently said on MLB Network. It’s a winning squad and an opportunity to go for another ring.”

Robertson certainly is a good fit for this Mets bullpen.

He’s going to be a huge piece as he has experience closing games and can slot alongside Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino to help bridge the gap to Edwin Diaz. He’s also proven to be extremely effective against left-handed hitters throughout his career.

Last season, Robertson held opposing southpaws to just one homer and a .550 OPS on the year. That will play huge in a Mets bullpen that lacks an established left-handed reliever behind Raley.

Robertson is yet to throw in Grapefruit League play, but both him and manager Buck Showalter have said that is by design.

"He's got a routine that he's followed for a number of years, and we're following that. He's tried and tested. It works for him so we're going to follow that," the skipper said.

When he does eventually get out there, the fourteen-year veteran is prepared to throw in whatever scenario Showalter needs him during the regular season.

“I’ll throw whenever you put me in, from whatever point Buck wants to use me,” Robertson said. "There’s a lot of powerful arms in this bullpen. A lot of guys that have a lot of talent and a lot of experience.

Hopefully we’ll be able to put it all together and everyone will get their roles and we’ll be able to fill those roles and just do our jobs and get the ball to Diaz and he’ll do what he does.”