These days the Yankees back end of the bullpen is looking very shabby now that the great Mariano Rivera has retired, leaving the Yankees closer-less. The Yankees have very much looked forward to see David Robertson take over for the iconic figure. Although some people in the front office have been rumored to be seeking help from elsewhere.
Speculation has it the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives of Fernando Rodney, the once untouchable Tampa Bay Ray, along with stops in Anaheim, and in Detroit for the Tigers. In 2012, Rodney finished amongst MVP finalists, with 48 saves in 50 opportunities, but fell off a little bit in 2013, as he blew 8 saves in 45 opportunities. The flame thrower has also been in contact with the Mariners.
It is also been floating around that the Yankees have been taking a look at former Athletic, Grant Balfour. Balfour is a lights out, eccentric, fiery closer, as we remember from this encounter with Victor Martinez in the 2013 ALDS, this guy doesn’t mess around at all. Balfour has also been in talks with the Baltimore Orioles.
Balfour exchanges words with Victor Martinez of Tigers
The Yankees have been looking around because most of the bullpen has gone elsewhere for the most part. Phil Hughes, who floated in and out of the bullpen, signed with the Minnesota Twins on a 3 year, $24 million dollar deal, a comfy ballpark for Hughes as he struggled in the band box of Yankee Stadium. With having the highest fly ball rate in the American League, Hughes also gave up 24 home runs last year, tied for 15th in the American League. Target Field is cavernous, so Hughes should fit nicely in the rotation there.
Next is Joba Chamberlain, who signed a 1 year, $2.5 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers. Joba will always be remembered most for his run in with some pesky insects in Cleveland in the 2007 ALDS. An infamous meltdown, after lighting up the American League in the latter part of the 2007 season. Chamberlain could eventually never re-establish himself in the bright lights of New York, but he has a chance to redeem himself for the Tigers
2007 ALDS 8th Inning Joba Meltdown from Insects
Lastly Boone Logan inked a 3 year, $16.5 million dollar deal with the Colorado Rockies. The Yankees were taking a look at lefty specialist Javier Lopez, until he re-upped with the San Francisco Giants.
In Conclusion, it has also been discussed that the Yankees will make a push for Joaquin Benoit, who is also being pursued hard by the San Diego Padres. Benoit served mostly in the closer role last season for the Tigers when Jose Valverde, the former flame throwing mastermind turned World Series failure, was demoted to Lakeland in June. The Yankees will certainly have a tough time piecing together a functioning bullpen, after spending $297 million on the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran.