MLB Trade Rumors: Could The New York Yankees Trade For David Robertston? Loading... NJ.com You are signed in as Loading... Edit Public Profile Sign Out NJ Cannabis Insider NJ High School Sports LIVE Email newsletters The Star-Ledger The Times of Trenton The Jersey Journal South Jersey Times Hunterdon County Democrat >MLB trade rumors: Yankees dealing David Robertson to clear money for free agents? Updated January 26, 2018 at 11:36 AM; Posted January 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in game three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 2017 in New York City. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images) By Joe Giglio firstname.lastname@example.org, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Baseball's offseason is a puzzle that's worked on simultaneously by 30 general managers and a slew of agents. While it's impossible to predict how every roster will look when opening day arrives in late March, themes become clear as any winter moves along. For the Yankees in 2018, one thing is almost certain: Blowing past the luxury tax for, say, Yu Darvish or Mike Moustakas isn't going to happen. So while the Yankees have around $35M in payroll space to work with, factors (insurance, saving money for an in-season trade) make signing a star to a contract worth $20 million (or more) a difficult task. In the eyes of Jon Morosi of MLB Network, that means a current veteran could have to be traded in order to clear payroll room in the Bronx. Jacoby Ellsbury is the natural name to bring up, but Morosi adds another: David Robertson. Instead, sources say the Yankees' tentative plan allows for another $15 million in spending this offseason -- unless Cashman frees up additional payroll by trading reliever David Robertson or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. To do something extensive -- like signing Moustakas -- would involve sending away a large contract, and Ellsbury's is a popular choice among Yankees supporters. But it's been difficult for the Yanks to move Ellsbury, given his disappointing offensive numbers and large salary. Robertson, 32, pitched to a 1.84 ERA in 2017. That work included an incredible 1.03 ERA across 30 appearances with the Yankees after a midseason trade sent the veteran back to the Bronx. Robertson is due $13M in 2018--a bargain for one of baseball's best relief arms. Baseball HOF But with depth in the bullpen, Robertson could be the piece moved if the Yankees truly want to add Darvish or Moustakas on a big deal. Joe Giglio may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.