The free-agent reliever, acting as his own agent, agreed to a two-year, $23 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander, 33, will be paid $10 million this year and $11 million in 2020, and the Phillies have a $12 million option for 2021 with a $2 million buyout. The 2011 All-Star was 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA and five saves in 69 games last season for the New York Yankees. In 11 seasons, with the Yankees and Chicago White Sox, he is 53-32 with a 3.36 ERA and 137 saves in 654 appearances. “The Phillies are a great organization, and they have that hunger to get back in the postseason,” Robertson said. “It’s a place where I’ll get a lot of opportunities to pitch in the back end of the bullpen and I don’t see any reason why we can’t get in the postseason.”
After leading his Army team to an 11-2 record, capped by a 70-14 victory over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22, he won the George Munger Award as the national coach of the year, an honor presented by the Maxwell Football Club. “It was just a great job by everybody,” Monken said of his team’s success. “I’m really proud of the job the staff did.” The Black Knights have had three straight winning seasons. Before Monken replaced Rich Ellerson ahead of the 2014 season, Army had had only one winning season since 1996. The Black Knights also have had three consecutive wins over Navy under Monken and have captured the Commander In Chief’s Trophy outright in consecutive years for the first time.
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