ESNY’s Projected Relievers (numbers indicate current 2016 stats):
- Adam Warren (4-2, 4.93 ERA)
- Chasen Shreve (1-1, 4.07 ERA)
- Nick Goody (0-0, 4.33 ERA)
- Tyler Clippard (2-3, 4.20 ERA)
- Anthony Swarzak (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
- Dellin Betances (2-4, 2.36 ERA)
- Aroldis Chapman (3-0, 1.95 ERA, 23 SV)
New York has lost Andrew Miller during this year’s trade deadline, but two of the three members of “No-Runs DMC” could reunite to wreck havoc in the bullpen next season.
Despite being dealt to Chicago, Aroldis Chapman has expressed genuine interest in returning according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Before being traded, the lefty recorded 20 saves in 21 opportunities with a 2.01 ERA while helping the Yankees’ ‘pen become the nastiest in baseball.
Apparently, ownership tried to sign an extension with the man who heaved a fastball at 105.1 MPH this year but when his interest was not there, at the moment, ownership pulled the trigger on a haul with the Cubbies. Therefore, the Yankees could easily sign Chapman back into navy blue pinstripes following what could be a championship year for him.
He would rejoin the nasty Betances and the moderately inconsistent Tyler Clippard in a 7-8-9 trio that doesn’t quite match the “three-headed monster’s” dominance, but it will unquestionably take care of closing out games as it features two of the most dominant relievers in the game.
The arms of the 2017 New York Yankees could be similar to that of this year. Inconsistent starters, pitiful middle-relief, and a commanding back-end. There is one aspect of next year’s team that could see a noteworthy difference, and that’s where we go next.