The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to make any clear “impact” moves so far this offseason, but today they have reportedly signed another relatively young and versatile player to compete for a spot on the roster. According to Robert Murray of Fansided, the Brewers have inked Daniel Robertson to a one-year contract. Per Mark Feinsand, Robertson will earn a $900K base salary on his major league deal, with another $400K in possible incentives available.
Brewers in agreement with free-agent infielder Daniel Robertson on a one-year deal, major-league contract, according to sources. The deal is pending physical.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 12, 2021
INF Daniel Robertson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Brewers, source confirms. He'll earn $900K with another potential $400K in incentives. @ByRobertMurray was first with the signing.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 12, 2021
Robertson, who turns 27 in March, was originally a 1st-round pick by the Athletics out of high school in 2012. He was shipped to Tampa Bay in 2015 as part of the Ben Zobrist trade and debuted in the big leagues with the Rays in 2017. He’s spent parts of the last four years at the game’s highest level, with his best season coming in 2018. That year he hit .262/.382/.415 with 9 home runs in 340 plate appearances for a 122 OPS+. Robertson has struggled to find consistent footing otherwise, and owns a career .234/.342/.352 slash line (91 OPS+) with 16 home runs in 250 games and 855 plate appearances.
Robertson spent most of this past summer in camp with the Rays, but had his contract purchased by the Giants in August. He wound up appearing in 13 games during the shortened 2020 campaign, garnering 24 plate appearances while batting .333/.417/.333. Robertson was non-tendered by the Giants after the season and had been projected to earn about $1.2 mil in arbitration. He has just over three years of MLB service under his belt, which means that Milwaukee could potentially control his contract for another three years before he qualifies for free agency. Robertson is out of minor league options.
Robertson has played all over the diamond in the big leagues, with most of his action coming at second base as well as significant time at third and shortstop. He’s got a few games on the outfield grass under his belt, too. A right-handed batter and thrower, Robertson strikes out a fair amount for someone without much power (25%) and he has never rated well according to Statcast exit velocity metrics, but he does draw walks frequently.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference