Bob Nightengale of USA Today broke the story late Monday night that free agent closer David Robertson is heading to the Chicago White Sox on a four-year, $46 million deal. Robertson had 39 saves for the New York Yankees last season, with a dominating 13.43 K/9 and 2.68 FIP.
While some believed Robertson could be a target for the Mets, Terry Collins has said that Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Vic Black would all compete for the closer job in spring training. Bobby Parnell is not expected to be ready at the start of the season—he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery—but is expected to reclaim the closer role upon his return.
The White Sox have been making noise all offseason, already acquiring former Mets-killer Adam LaRoche and left-handed reliever Zach Duke, who many felt was the best fit for the Mets bullpen. Now, after adding the best closer on the market this offseason in David Robertson, and trading for one of the better starting pitchers in baseball in Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox are ready to contend in a juggernaut AL Central in 2015.