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.