According to a report, the Cubs have signed lefty Nate Robertson to a minor league deal. Robertson has not been good as of late and was awful in 2011. In 2011, Robertson was in Triple A for the Seattle Mariners and it went anywhere but good.
Robertson is a 34 year old left whom was drafted by the then call Florida Marlins in the 5th round during the 1999 draft. Robertson made his major league debut in September of 2002 for the Florida Marlins. Robertson had a pretty good career with the Detroit Tigers until the end his tenure with the Tigers. He played with the Tigers from 2003-2009 and then was traded back to the Florida Marlins. After leaving the Tigers, Robertson’s career went downhill. He was eventually released by the Marlins and signed minor league deals with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2010 season. After Robertson left the Phillies, he signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners and did not make the majors in 2011 with Seattle.
In his career, Roberson has a career 55-77 record with a 5.01 earn run average and struck out 775 batters.
I remember when Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman were good pitchers behind the Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander. Now both Robertson and Bonderman are having trouble finding work. That just shows how fast a player’s career can go downhill.
I don’t see him making the team and only depth in the minors … I don’t even know if he received an invitee to spring training. Right now, I don’t think he did.
**Side Note: Blake DeWitt did accept an assignment to spring training and will compete for a spot in spring training. He’ll still earn 1.1 million that he earned as an arb raise.