Yesterday, you decided whether you would Keep or Toss the players in the Yankees outfield. Today, you decide which bullpen members you would Keep or Toss. As I mentioned on Monday, I included Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell in this segment because they spent more time in the pen than in the rotation. So without further ado, let’s continue playing “Keep or Toss”!
The Yankees tried to put Luis Severino in the starting rotation to begin the season, but after an abysmal beginning to the career, the Yankees sent him to Triple-A and eventually placed him in the bullpen. Severino pitched well out of the bullpen, but of course the Yankees envision Severino as a starter. After a 3-8, 5.83 ERA season, the Yankees are unsure of Severino’s place on the Major League roster. But if you were the manager, what would you do with Luis Severino?
Tyler Clippard was the Yankees lone Major League trade during the trade deadline and was one of the bright spots in the Yankees bullpen. In 29 games, Clippard went 2-3 with a 2.49 ERA and notched 26 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. The Yankees need strong middle relief, and after Clippard seemed to have found his calling with the Yankees in 2016, what would you do with Tyler Clippard?
The Yankees originally planned for Luis Cessa to be in the Yankees bullpen, but the team used Cessa in the rotation after Nathan Eovaldi‘s season ended due to needing Tommy John Surgery. Overall, Cessa worked his way into a conversation for a job next Spring, going 4-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 70.1 innings. There’s no guarantee Cessa will be in the bullpen or in the rotation next year, but if you were the manager, what would you do with Luis Cessa?
The last time Yankees fans saw Chasen Shreve in 2015, he had completely imploded and found himself off the 2015 Wild Card roster. This year, Shreve’s season as a whole wasn’t good but he did have a better September. In 37 games this season, Shreve went 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA. Shreve has been a bit unpredictable for the Yankees, but if you were the manager, what would you do with Chasen Shreve?
Dellin Betances has always been a reliable reliever, but he had been ineffective during the month of September. Betances had an ERA over 3 for the first time in his three-year career as the Yankees reliever. The Yankees currently have Betances in the closer role until they can find a pitcher more suited for the ninth inning role, but if you were the manager, what would you do with Dellin Betances?
When the Yankees needed another starter to replace the recently traded Ivan Nova, they turned to Bryan Mitchell who had done quite well in the rotation. In five starts, Mitchell went 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA. The Yankees are unsure where Mitchell will fit next season, whether it’d be in a starting role or as a reliever, but if you were the manager, what would you do with Bryan Mitchell?
Tomorrow: In our final “Keep or Toss” segment, you will vote on whether or not to keep Yankees GM Brian Cashman and skipper Joe Girardi.