Ending speculation about the three-headed monster in the back-end of his bullpen, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed during an appearance on YES Network tonight that the recently-acquired Aroldis Chapman will go into spring training as the team’s closer.
It’s not exactly an unexpected decision given Chapman’s history in the role, but this means that Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances will pitch in a set-up capacity in 2016. Miller was the primary closer for New York last season, posting a 2.04 ERA over 60 appearances while going 36-for-38 in save opportunities.
While Chapman is Girardi’s projected closer at the moment, his status for the start of the season remains in question. MLB is currently investigating him for a domestic violence incident from October and could levy a suspension.