Yankees quietly manage to rebuild bullpen


When the offseason began, the Yankees bullpen wasn’t the biggest issue–their biggest issue was the rotation, replacing Derek Jeter and finding a new third basemen. But somehow, while in the midst of filling the obvious holes, the Yankees also managed to subtly rebuild the bullpen.

The only reliever that became a free agent during the 2014 offseason was David Robertson and for a while, it seemed the Yankees were trying to retain him so they could keep the 2014 group together. But, the Yankees signed Andrew Miller over Robertson, prompting Robertson to sign with the Chicago White Sox.

A series of surprising moves happened when the Yankees traded Francisco Cervelli to the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Justin Wilson, a left handed arm for the pen, followed by a trade of Manny Banuelos to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. Shreve is expected to start the year in Scranton, but the Yankees will get a look at him during Spring Training.

While the Yankees made some additions, they also made some subtractions: David Huff was non-tendered in early December, they designated Preston Claiborne for assignment and they traded away Shawn Kelley to the San Diego Padres for prospect Johnny Barbato.

With the new additions, we also can’t forget the Yankees have Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and possibly Esmil Rogers in their bullpen along with kids hoping to impress and win a role. With the multiple options the Yankees have in relief pitching, it seems entirely possible the Yankees are more than set in that particular area. A surplus of arms means endless possibilities, and in quiet fashion, the Yankees might have made their bullpen a tough one to beat.

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9 Responses to Yankees quietly manage to rebuild bullpen

  1. Balt Yank says:

    I hope not Esmil Rogers.

  2. Jb12 says:

    That's great and all but pitching wasn't the problem last season, it was their offense that was awful.

    • guest says:

      Pitching was a problem last year…between Aceves, Dailey, Miller, Francis, CC, Nova and Nuno in 182.2 innings they gave up 44 home runs.

      • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

        Pitching wasn't the main problem. You can't win if you don't score runs.

        • Guest says:

          I would have to disagree. Kuroda was 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA, Whitley didn't last more than 4 innings only once or twice with 6, Nuno was sent off for Mccarthey in a trade of the two worst pitchers (though Mccarthy came here strong), Phelps only improved after he got clobbered by Kansas City. The only pitcher that kept games in reach that the offense should've won was Tanaka otherwise the rest of the pitching was terrible until the 2nd half of the season. Highly unlikely the offense will suffer like they did last year if everyone's stays remotely healthy.

          • Yankees pitchers had a 3.75 ERA last season (8th in the AL), their starters had a 3.77 ERA (7th in the AL) and the bullpen had a 3.70 ERA (8th in the AL). The Yankees offense scored 633 runs (13th in the AL).

            The biggest problem, as I see it, is that the middle of their lineup, A-Rod, Teixeira, McCann and Beltran, are all very old and injury prone (It didn't help that Jeter, Ichiro and Roberts got 1,257 at bats, but that was last year's problem). You can say, well they won't have as many injuries as last year, but that's what happens to old ball players — they get hurt. Then you take into account that lefties have been especially victimized by the shift which has essentially rendered McCann and Beltran and Teixeira (from the left side) less effective. That really doesn't get me excited for the offense this year.

            Considering Beltran, Teixeira, McCann and A-Rod all have unmovable contracts and I'd say that the offense won't be fixed easily. Sure, the absence of Jeter, Ichiro and Roberts will help, but the main part of that lineup is fatally flawed without an easy fix. So while the offense has been a major problem the best way to fix the team might be to improve the pitching. But both could be and should be better.

          • otto says:

            Really I do not know what games you watched, but the pitching was not the issue. You can not expect your pitchers to pitch a shut out or give up 1 run a game. The pitching was not the issue. They could not hit for anything. When you have Gardner batting third then you have an issue with your line up.

          • guest says:

            OMG the pitching was terribly inconsistent all year…either very good or bad. The ERA looks good when most do not realize exactly how much pitching has improved over the last 5 or so years. The low strike has killed offense.

  3. jimmy1982 says:

    In unrelated news, watching this cardinals-panthers game. nfl should be embarassed. these 2 teams are not playoff teams. 2 primitive offenses, these teams suck it hard, fast, and deep. a total flagfest to boot. isnt there a dog show on tv?

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