7) MLB free agent Phillies relief pitcher David Robertson
David Robertson should have been a pending Mets free agent but instead he’s another member of the Phillies bullpen heading into the open market. Philadelphia acquired him at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs. While Billy Eppler was convinced there would be relievers to pick up, he only came away with Mychal Givens—a former teammate of Robertson’s and someone who didn’t make this list.
Robertson’s abilities are well-known by Mets fans because of how much of a fit he would have been for the team at the trade deadline. We all watched closely and pictured how he’d fit in as a setup option for the club. Instead, he is yet another one of those experienced closers on the Philadelphia roster.
Robertson’s revitalization this season makes him one of the best free agents to come out of the National League East. He already paid his dues by being the closer for a bad team in 2022. The next step would be for someone with World Series aspirations to do the same or possibly sign him exclusively for the eighth inning or maybe as a backup closer as well.
No one could have expected that after all of the time Robertson missed he’d have such a terrific year in 2022. From the National League East, he is a top 10 player on an expiring contract.