Yankees' Andrew Miller: We're not the only AL East team with an awesome bullpen

Miller was bumped from the closer's role Watch video NEW YORK -- Much has been made of the potential Yankees bullpen in 2016, one that will employ the three-headed monster of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and recent acquisition Aroldis Chapman.  New York's bullpen set the American League record for strikeouts in a season last...
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network illustrates how dominant Yankees bullpen can be

MLB Network's Top 10 Right Now series ranked the best relief pitchers in baseball. Here's where Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller came in. As the days tick away until spring training, the Yankees are dealing with injury news, roster holes and questions about offseason spending. But when pitchers and catchers report to Tampa...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Dellin Betances: I got tired at the end of 2015

Changes tune after saying he wasn't fatigued in September Yankees reliever Dellin Betances maintained all though September that, despite a second straight season of a high innings count and fading control, he wasn't feeling fatigued. Instead, Betances said, he was experiencing issues with his throwing mechanics that were stopping him from continuously...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees reach out to ex-Mets reliever Carlos Torres, source says

Torres left Mets for free agency Monday; Yankees need relievers Watch video The Yankees are one of the approximately 20 teams, including clubs from Asia, who have expressed interest in ex-Mets righty reliever Carlos Torres, a source with knowledge of the team's personnel decisions told NJ Advance Media Tuesday.   Torres, 33...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller on serving as trade bait for Yankees: 'I don't blame them'

Miller had 36 saves last season Watch video Last season Yankees left-handed reliever Andrew Miller saved 36 games in 38 tries, struck out 100 batters and had a 2.04 ERA. In October, he was named American League Reliever of the Year. But from about the time he won that award through January, the team reportedly flirted with trading...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees pitching cannot rely on Betances, Miller and Chapman alone

ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote Friday about the trend around Major League Baseball in which teams seem to be concentrating on more than just fortifying the backend of their bullpen, but rather creating dominating groups. The New York Yankees certainly fit that bill after adding Aroldis Chapman this offseason to an already potent combination of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.What’s...
Via Yankees Unscripted
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees, Cashman making moves with precision

For the last 15 years, the New York Yankees have been one of the loudest voices with some of the deepest pockets. By dishing out large, lucrative contracts to big-name players, the Bronx Bombers have made their presence known year in and year out.  However, lately the front office--predominantly behind the driving force of General Manager Brian Cashman--has taken a...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Players Key to a Successful 2016 for the Yankees

Andrew Miller Embed from Getty Images I could have put one of three players in this spot.  Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Miller as a group will play a large role in deciding games for this team this season.  There is no more potent bullpen backend than this one, as these three may be the three best late-game relievers in baseball. I specifically chose Miller...
Via TopSportsReport
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Dellin Betances: Aroldis Chapman will ease my workload

Chapman and Miller could eat innings, saving Betances valuable arm Watch video Dellin Betances believes new closer Aroldis Chapman will help his workload. In his first two seasons, Betances has thrown a combined 174 innings -- the most among relievers. That's lead to concerns that manager Joe Girardi might be overusing his stud...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman named closer

After acquiring fireballer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, the New York Yankees had a dilemma on their hands: who would be their closer? On Tuesday, this questioned was answered as manager Joe Girardi tabbed Chapman as his end-gamer. Is this the right decision? It’s easy to insert Dellin Betances in his setup role from last year, given that he is the least experienced of the three...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

In the memory of Yo-Yo Arroyo and QuanGoMo: What should the Yankees name their three-headed bullpen hydra?

Yesterday, outposts across the Yankiverse declared a moment of silence to recall the Original Mariano, a portly Cuban screwballer named Luis "Yo-Yo" Arroyo, who died of cancer at age 88. In 1961, Luis Arroyo showed boomer NY fans what it was like to have a pitcher who could literally reduce the number of innings in a game. Arroyo was the First Coming of Mariano; he arrived before...

Girardi makes his first bad bullpen decision of 2016

Few people had a worse 2015 than Joe Girardi. I mean, when you talk of crap years, you've got Bill Cosby and then everybody else. Of course, there's Brian Williams and Jeb Bush, and that Florida guy who went into the sinkhole - he definitely had a bad year - but Joe Girardi turned in a few stinker months.Basically, Joe got swallowed by the sinkhole known as the Yankee middle...

New York Yankees: 3 Questions to consider for the team’s top three relievers

After acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman assembled potentially the most feared back-end bullpen in the MLB. Nevertheless, questions still surround the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Chapman. Even though they could look to end games after the sixth inning with the tandem, the Yanks still have questions regarding the three that need...
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

The Yankees Haven’t Had a Below-Average Bullpen In 20 Years

The Yankees have assembled one of the most intimidating bullpens imaginable. This is covering ground that’s been covered, but seriously, you’re not doing anything better with your time — think about this again. The Yankees have Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances. Last year they threw 212 innings, with 347 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA. The year before, they did...
Via Fangraphs
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: harboring controversy while still making the team better

The New York Yankees front office seems to be channeling the ghost of George Steinbrenner with the acquisition of Aroldis Chapman. The question now becomes: Is it worth it? Most fans (including myself) say yes, one can look at the seventh, eight, and ninth innings and say that they now have the three most powerful relievers in the big leagues. All three pitchers were the only relievers...
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: With asking price insanely high, Yankees likely to hold onto Andrew Miller

The New York Yankees beefed up their bullpen earlier this offseason, acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. The move gave them a nasty three-headed dragon of a bullpen with Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller potentially closing out late innings next season. While keeping all three relievers would be especially nasty, moving one of them in a lush trade market...
Via Bloguin Best
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: With asking price insanely high, Yankees likely to hold onto Andrew Miller

The New York Yankees beefed up their bullpen earlier this offseason, acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. The move gave them a nasty three-headed dragon of a bullpen with Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller potentially closing out late innings next season. While keeping all three relievers would be especially nasty, moving one of them in a lush trade market...
Via The Outside Corner
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman reportedly unlikely to face lengthy suspension

    The Yankees knew the risk involved when they traded for Aroldis Chapman. Now it’s beginning to look like it was a risk worth taking. According to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Thursday, the 27-year-old flamethrower is unlikely to face a lengthy suspension for his alleged domestic violence incident, possibly stemming from a lack of evidence: Word is going around...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Part 2: Let’s Just Call It After Six

In the second part of my two-part piece on the Aroldis Chapman trade, we’ll get to talk baseball. In Wednesday’s Part 1, I focused on the reality of the trade and what it means from the perspective of human beings—not fans, players, and the like. Today, we’ll talk about the trade that sent the former Reds closer to The Bronx. So here we are. Aroldis Chapman, as we know,...
Via The Sports Post
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

The Yankees Bullpen Probably Won’t Be Any Better

Your immediate reaction to the Aroldis Chapman trade was right on. The Yankees have assembled something silly, a three-headed bullpen monster to rival any in the history of the game. On talent, Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances are three of the five or ten or so best relievers in baseball, and now if this plan comes together, one will hand the ball to the other, who will...
Via Fangraphs
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Yankees’ Solution to its Starting Pitching Rotation

Brian Cashman trading for Aroldis Chapman leaves the Yankees with three dominant relievers in Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. With Chapman now in the fold, the potential for a trade of Dellin Betances or Andrew Miller has risen. Betances is young and still hasn’t reached his ceiling and Miller carries a high salary, is older and has solid trade value. Amid rumors,...
Via The Sports Journal
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman and the Cost of an Improved Seventh Inning

The Yankees might have the best bullpen of all-time in 2016. Between Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and now Aroldis Chapman, manager Joe Girardi will have at his disposal a three-headed monster of fire-balling relievers to guide him through innings seven through nine. Having an incredible bullpen will obviously help the Yankees. Besides thwarting comeback attempts and controlling...
Via BP Bronx
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Yankees’ Three-Headed Bullpen Monster

With the news of the Yankees acquiring flamethrower Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, General manager Brian Cashman came out and said the team’s intention is to have Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances in their bullpen at the start of the 2016 season. Jack Curry of YES reported that manager Joe Girardi could use Betances […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Trade Breakdown: Aroldis Chapman To The Yankees

On the surface of it, the Aroldis Chapman trade looks like a steal for the New York Yankees.  The hardest throwing reliever in all of MLB was acquired for no more than four mid-level prospects.  If Brian Cashman is to be believed, Chapman will form, with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, what could turn out to be the best bullpen back-end in Major League history.Of course, the...
Via Lady At The Bat
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Acquire 4-time All-Star Aroldis Chapman

Last season, there were only three relievers who tallied at least 100 strikeouts and two of them pitched for the New York Yankees, with setup man Dellin Betances punching out 131 batters in 84 innings and closer Andrew Miller amassing 100 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings. And who was the other pitcher who reached triple digit in Ks? The newly acquired Aroldis Chapman, who the Yanks...
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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