Hot Stove: Joe Girardi’s not going to rush in naming a closer


David Robertson is no longer in the Yankees fold as they prepare for the 2015 season, and if there’s one glaring position the Yankees need to fill, it’s the closer role. However, Joe Girardi isn’t going to rush naming a closer as he believes the Yankees have the arms capable of getting the job done.

“I think the important thing is that we have a very good bunch of arms down there,” Girardi said during Day 2 of baseball’s winter meetings. “We have guys that have the ability to get left-handers and right-handers out and to strike them out as well. So there’s going to be a lot of options.”

Some of the arms in the pen could be Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, and it’s also possible the Yankees could call on Shawn Kelley, Justin Wilson and Adam Warren. While it’s not traditional, the Yankees could have a closer by committee, but most pitchers like to know their role once they get to Spring Training so they could focus on preparing for the season.

“I think guys like to know their roles,” Girardi said. “But maybe it’s not ironed out when we leave spring training. Maybe it takes a little bit of time, and maybe we have to sit down and tell (them), ‘This is how we’re gonna do it, so just be prepared, and I’ll try to give you an idea every day or every month if things are changing or every week.’ I think that’s a possibility because of the arms that we have.”

Girardi’s not too worried on who will replace Robertson or when the Yankees make a final decision on the closer role. For now, the Yankees have other holes they need to fill, such as finding a third basemen and some rotation depth.

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7 Responses to Hot Stove: Joe Girardi’s not going to rush in naming a closer

  1. Chris Dukee says:

    Girardi isn't going to rush to sign anybody, get out of bed, or better his team at all……

  2. hotdog says:

    Why would Girardi come out and name a closer…the way the Yankees currently run their ship, I'm not even sure if it will be his choice…

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    If the Yankees had signed Robertson, there'd be nothing to iron out. Yanks got rid of two good arms in DRob and Greene. By mid-year they'll probably be looking for pitchers.

    Modern baseball is strange. Used to be when you rooted for a team, you rooted for players who were familiar year after year. I didn't root for the pinstripes, I rooted for Mantle and Maris, Berra and Skowron, Rizzuto and Coleman, Bauer and Noren, and Ford, Raschi, Reynolds, Lopat, and all the players who wore them for years. Today we root for the uniform and the players who happen to be wearing it at any given moment, but don't get attached because they might be somewhere else next year. There was never a shortage of distinguished players available for old timers day.

  4. Tom Coyle says:

    George is rolling over in his grave! The Yankees are lost these days! You just let 2 pitchers walk who had nice seasons last year.

  5. Michael R says:

    My guess is that both will close.

  6. Angel Serrano says:

    Hang on everyone the Yankees are up to something. They are not stupid. They are probably getting ready to make a great signing soon. Be patient, and let's wait, and see. Things happen for a reason. If they don't do anything. We all as Yankee fans must boycott by not going to games to send a message to not take us for suckers. We must stay true blue, and see the blessings of the Lord.

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