When the Yankees let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox via free agency, it became evident they were going to need a new closer. Manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t going to put labels on the closer role until Spring Training, but ex-Yankee Mariano Rivera has an idea on who could take over the 9th inning in the Bronx: Dellin Betances.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Rivera said to the New York Post on Thursday afternoon. “He showed he’s capable of doing it.”
Betances is a dominant set-up man, but closing is an entirely new ball game: the 9th inning is like performing at the circus without a net. One false move could be extremely costly. However, Betances, who was at a DKNY event with Rivera and Girardi, knows he’s capable of taking over the role from Rivera and Robertson if he was given the chance. He’s also hoping he can ask Rivera for some pointers.
“I haven’t yet, but I speak to him a lot,” Betances said.
How hard was it for Betances to see David Robertson go to another team after Robertson spent seven years with the organization?
“It was hard to see him leave. He helped us a ton last year. You don’t get a guy like him all the time.”
Joe Girardi couldn’t agree more.
“It’s tough,” he said. “He’s done a lot of great things for the Yankees, but it’s part of the business.”