The Yankees are without their closer Mariano Rivera for the first time in nearly 20 years. Luckily they have some pretty strong in house candidates to replace him and because of that they don’t plan to pursue a reliever in trade, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
For now, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that David Robertson and Rafael Soriano will share closing duties before they name one of them as the official closer. They might want to try to trade to replace one of them in the middle innings, but they likely feel it is not necessary as they have options.
Cory Wade will certainly start to see more higher leverage situations now. Behind him, Cody Eppley may start to see a bigger role, but the one guy they could also consider calling up is Adam Warren. Warren has been a decent prospect, but these days he doesn’t look like a very promising starting pitcher. So instead the Yankees could call upon him to be a reliever if needed. Chase Whitley and Kevin Whelan are two other choices in the minor leagues that they could call upon, especially if there is an injury.
One name everyone should have their eye on though is David Aardsma. The former Mariners’ closer was signed to a two-year deal in the offseason and is currently rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. It is likely he will be back around the All-Star break, lessening the Yankees need to make a trade.