NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Nate Robertson #39 of the Florida Marlins delivers a pitch against the New York Mets on April 8, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nate Robertson
Needing as many arms in the bullpen as they can possibly get, especially of the left-handed variety, the Texas Rangers signed veteran lefty Nate Robertson to a minor-league deal on Monday.
Robertson, who was once one of several highly touted starting pitchers for the Detroit Tigers, had a rough go of things as a starter. In fact, his struggles were historic in a way as he is one of only 12 pitchers since 1960 with an ERA above 5.00 with more than 1,000 major-league innings under his belt.
Robertson won't get a shot to be a starter for the Rangers, or likely anyone else, but he will have a shot to fit in somewhere as a lefty arm in the Rangers' bullpen, which is definitely short on them.
He posted an 4.79 ERA with a 48-63 record with Detroit, while adding in short stints with Florida and a two-game relief stint with Philadelphia.