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Right-handed reliever David Robertson has signed a major-league deal with the Rays, though he'll initially report to Triple-A Durham, the club announced Monday.  Robertson, 36, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2019 and hasn't had an extended run of success since 2018. But he served as Team USA's closer -- succeeding in both of his save chances -- en route to a silver medal at the recent Tokyo Olympics. 

It was a brief showcase, but apparently it paid off. Sure, he's going to Triple-A for a quick tune-up, but he's not getting an MLB deal from the Rays unless they intend to use him down the stretch. 

From 2009-18, Robertson had a nice run as one of the more effective late-inning relievers in baseball. He was anything from a top-flight setup man for the Yankees to a good closer for both the White Sox and Yankees. He signed a two-year deal with a third-year option with the Phillies prior to the 2019 season, but ended up needing Tommy John surgery after just seven outings. He suffered a setback in his rehab from the procedure in late August last season and then the Phillies bought out the 2021 option. 

Robertson saw some time in the independent Atlantic League earlier this year, helping to ramp up activity before the Olympics. 

In Robertson's last full season, 2018, he had a 3.23 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 91 strikeouts against 25 unintentional walks in 69 2/3 innings. He had five saves and 21 holds with four blown saves. 

The Rays likely want to add Robertson to their late-inning mix. Especially since trading Diego Castillo, they don't really operate with a closer. Pete Fairbanks has the most saves among remaining players, but he has just five and is on the injured list. Andrew Kittredge has been a huge arm late for them. Others in Tampa's late-inning mix include Collin McHugh, Matt Wisler and J.T. Chargois.