MLB trade rumors: Nationals eyeing White Sox’s David Robertson, but it’s probably not the right move

The Nationals need a guy at the back end of their bullpen to make hitters swing and miss. Fitting, because they’ve swung and missed on back-end guys the entire offseason.

They attempted to re-sign Mark Melancon. Nope. Gone to San Francisco with the Giants. What about Aroldis Chapman? He’s good! He helped the Cubs win a World Series.

Nope. Ended up back in the Bronx with the Yankees.

In fact, the Nationals were linked to pretty much every free-agent reliever this offseason. And they’ve missed out. On all of them.

Washington still has options, however. The next logical choice? How about David Robertson of the White Sox? He could be the Nats’ next closer, according to the USA Today.

Given Washington’s interest in Robertson earlier this offseason — when it tried to get Chicago to include him in the trade for outfielder Adam Eaton — it seems to be a natural fit. Chicago is still trying to unload pieces in exchange for prospects and get in a good position for a competitive rebuild.

Given Washington’s seeming desperation at this point, Robertson could — and at this point likely will — be the guy.

But is he the ideal candidate to close out games for the Nats?

Robertson is coming off the worst statistical year of his career. He had 37 saves in 2016, but some of his other numbers were less flattering: He posted a 1.364 WHIP (worst since 2010) and a 3.58 FIP, which is nearly an entire run higher than his career average. Most of Robertson’s ineffectiveness NBA Jerseys For Sale occurred in July when he posted a 7.45 ERA in 10 games. He flirted with disaster a ton throughout the season, though, and he’ll turn 32 in April.

Still, Robertson finished the season strong (1.89 ERA, 12 saves in 20 games over the season’s final two months)

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