The New York Yankees plan to use their third new closer in the three years since Mariano Rivera retired. Heading into spring training next month, Joe Girardi said Monday that Aroldis Chapman will be his closer.
Girardi, appearing on the YES Network, said the hard-throwing lefty will be the closer as the team opens camp in February.
Girardi is going with the recently acquired Chapman, with Dellin Betances likely working the seventh inning and Andrew Miller the eighth. Depending on availability, there will be days when those roles shift.
Chapman might not be available for Opening Day, if MLB decides to levy a suspension after finishing its investigation into alleged acts of domestic violence. MLB has no timetable for a ruling on the Chapman case.
Miller closed for the Yankees in 2015 after David Robertson, the closer in 2014, signed with the Chicago White Sox last offseason. Miller, in his first year as closer, had 36 saves for the Yankees, while Chapman picked up 33 with the Cincinnati Reds.