Yankees not looking for bullpen help

New York Yankees pitcher Rivera waves to fans after their MLB American League baseball game against Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees are not done making moves this offseason, but it appears that they feel that their bullpen is set after re-signing Mariano Rivera.

“I cannot talk about players on the free-agent market,” Brian Cashman told Anthony Rieber of Newsday. “But I am not looking for bullpen help, I can tell you that.”

The Yankees lost out on Rafael Soriano this offseason when he opted out of the final year of his three-year contract, but effectively replaced him with Rivera after he missed nearly all of last season with a torn ACL.

They likely feel that’s enough considering Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma, who both missed most of last season following elbow surgery, will both be with the team all year. They also have David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Clay Rapada returning. They also could have either David Phelps or Ivan Nova, which ever one doesn’t get the fifth rotiation spot, serving as the long man.

Cody Eppley will still be around too as will lefty Cesar Cabral, picked up in last year’s Rule 5 Draft, and you can even throw Adam Warren in the mix for bullpen spots as well.

This probably doesn’t mean that Cashman won’t make any moves at all to get a reliever, but it will likely be a very minor move, pick a guy up off waivers or sign a guy to a minor league deal and invite him to spring training. After all a team can never have enough relievers. It does mean that we shouldn’t expect the Yankees to be in the mix for any bigger names that might be available though.

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