Nate Robertson is a warm-blooded, left-handed man who can throw a baseball. That guarantees him a chance to pitch in the Major Leagues until he is 45 years old.
A starter for much of his career, Robertson has re-invented himself as a relief pitcher in recent years. For the last four seasons he has not pitched higher than Triple-A, but he is looking for another chance to crack a big league roster this year.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports the following:
Free agent LHP Nate Robertson has spoken with several clubs, looking for chance at bullpen spot in spring training. 3.04 ERA at AAA in 2013.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 9, 2014
It is a good thing that Robertson found some success in 2013, otherwise it might have been his last last chance. In 2011 and 2012 he was not able to keep his ERA below 7.00, with an 8.10 mark in 2012. Those were in limited samples, though, and the 3.04 mark he posted in 50.1 AAA innings last season certainly earned him a shot somewhere.
After serving as a started for the Detroit Tigers during many of their lean years, Robertson shifted to the bullpen there in 2009. He does not throw especially hard, but if he shows some veteran moxy and the ability to retire left-handed hitters, he will be able to find work somewhere.
Tags: MLB Free Agency