With the GM meetings now in the rearview, there’s an even busier Yankee offseason to-do list in place. They need multiple starting pitchers, they still need to re-sign Robinson Cano, they’re looking to upgrade at right field, catcher, shortstop, third base, and possibly DH, and they may be in the market for a new closer. Despite being the apparent in-house favorite after Mo’s retirement, Cash stated pretty definitively last week that the Yankees had not designated David Robertson as next year’s closer and that they were looking for a more “proven” option on the free agent market.
Putting aside the comments questioning D-Rob’s capability of closing and the motivation for making them, there is some sound logic to this plan. The Yankees are missing 60+ elite-level relief innings from their bullpen with Mo out of the picture and those innings aren’t easily absorbed by just signing a rehabbing David Aardsma-type off the FA scrap heap or calling up Mark Montgomery and calling it a day. The Yankees do need another arm at the back end of their bullpen, and if nothing else, going after a proven closer covers them for the 8th and 9th innings again. So if it’s not going to be D-Rob trotting out to start the bottom of the 9th next season, who else could it be? Continue reading If Not D-Rob For Closer Next Year, Then Who?