Top ten free agents the Red Sox could pursue this offseason

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Jul 9, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher

David Robertson

(30) delivers a pitch in the 14th inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

David Robertson, RP

Robertson will be the premier closer available on the free agent market this winter and, if the Red Sox are unable to re-sign Uehara, then he could be a target for Boston. The longtime Yankee reliever has excelled since taking over for the retired Mariano Rivera, shutting down the opposition to the tune of a 2.62 ERA, supported by an even better 1.97 FIP, with an Andrew Miller-esque 14.3 K/9 this season.

In just his first season as a full-time closer, Robertson has already entered elite status and, at just 29 years old, could command a hefty contract this offseason. However, he is still a relief pitcher and won’t likely command more than something in the range of 4 years/$40M. However, considering the volatility of relief pitchers, that may be out of the Red Sox price range. As good as Robertson is, don’t expect the Red Sox to seriously consider him unless they are unable to retain Uehara.