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Yankees Award Closer Role To Chapman


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When the New York Yankees traded for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman last month, the rumors began to swirl.

The Yankees’ bullpen last season featured two of the best relievers in the game with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller and the addition of Chapman had now created a “three-headed monster” when it facing them toward the end of a game. But, who would actually be the closer?

Betances was used as a setup man in 2015 with just nine saves and an impressive 1.50 ERA while Miller was seen predominantly as the closer, earning 36 saves with a 2.04 ERA, Chapman on the other end is a seasoned closer; all three had over one hundred strikeouts last season.

But, on Monday, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi announced on the YES Network that Chapman would be the team’s closer heading into Spring Training next month in Tampa. He didn’t elaborate any further on what roles Miller and Betances would now take in the bullpen.

But, one must remember that all of these plans are tentative seeing as the MLB has yet to make a decision on the domestic violence allegations that Chapman is facing.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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