The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a four-year, $46 million contract with former New York Yankee closer David Robertson, in a move first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today and confirmed by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. While Robertson was originally hoping for a contract rivaling Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (over $50 million), he got the fourth year he wanted and outearned fellow reliever Andrew Miller, who signed with his former club.

This is the first move that has come to fruition for the White Sox, who have also actively pursued Oakland A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija to add to a pitching staff that boasts All-Star Chris Sale. While a deal could still happen on that front Tuesday, Chicago wasted little time in adding more to their bullpen, having already signed left-hander Zach Duke earlier in the offseason.

Robertson had 39 saves in 44 opportunities in his first season as closer, replacing the retired Mariano Rivera. He has a career 2.81 ERA and 1.22 WHIP to go with 524 strikeouts in 393.1 career innings. The Yankees were reportedly willing to go to a fourth year, but it is unknown if they were able to reach out before a decision was made. The Astros were also in the bidding, and have now missed out on both of the bigger relief names on the free agent market.

In a few short weeks, the White Sox have gone from a rebuilding ball club that lost 89 games last season, to a team looking to get back to competitive baseball. If they are able to add Samardzija and bring in another bat to go with Jose Abreu and also newly signed Adam LaRoche, they might be able to put themselves back into the hunt for the playoffs in 2015.

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