Chapman Set To Debut With Yankees
The New York Yankees bullpen is set to be reshuffled again as they will now add their new closer to their intimidating bullpen. Newly acquired Aroldis Chapman will become the Yankees closer as his 30-game suspension for a domestic violence related incident ended on Sunday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is set to have one of the most fearsome bullpen's in the majors.
“I will sit down and probably talk to both guys and tell them what I think their role is going to be either some point today or some point tomorrow,'' Girardi said. "Andrew has been a team player the whole time he’s been here, and I don’t expect that to be an issue just because of his willingness to do anything and what he has said all along: 'I’m here to win and I’ll do whatever they need me to do.'”
The flame-throwing lefty looks to make his mark alongside fellow bullpen stud's Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, forming a three headed monster in the Yankees back pocket. The bigger question is whether or not the Yankees can score enough runs to have a lead and be able to use that bullpen.
"The goal here is to win, and [Chapman] makes us better," Miller said. "He’s an established closer, a guy that throws incredibly hard with incredible stuff, and he’s got a great track record. It's hard to argue that he doesn't make us better.''
The Cuban born Chapman completed his U.S. citizenship during his suspension as well.
Chapman is expected to immediately take over as the closer today as the Yankees get set to face the reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.