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.