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New York Yankees Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

September 28, 2016
New York Yankees – Dellin Betances had pitched in two straight games, so Tyler Clippard collected the save on Tuesday to snap the Red Sox’ 11-game win streak.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

September 27, 2016
New York Yankees – Following Grilli’s “melt-down” *ducks*, Tommy Layne nabbed his first save of the season. He is not expected to be among the Yankee’s late inning plans for the end of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

September 16, 2016
New York Yankees – The “D” in the former “No Runs DMC” trio has had a rough couple of days, culminating in a disastrous outing Thursday that could cost the Yankees a chance at making the playoffs. Dellin Betances was not called upon to begin the ninth when the Yankees had a 5-2 lead over the Red Sox, as Joe Girardi was hoping to avoid using him. Instead of turning to Tyler Clippard as the Vulture Save Watch predicted, Girardi tried playing the matchups. He went to Tommy Layne to start the 9th. With one out, Girardi brought in Blake Parker, who hit Chris Young and was pulled. He then brought in Betances anyway, and things began to unravel. Betances walked Dustin Pedroia and got the second out when Young was thrown out at home. After allowing RBI singles to David Ortiz and Mookie Betts, he yielded a walk-off 3-run shot to Hanley Ramirez. Ugly. He’s certainly going to need some rest this weekend for you Tyler Clippard owners.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

September 8, 2016
New York Yankees – The Vulture Save Watch struck again, as Tyler Clippard picked up the save for the resurgent Yankees with Dellin Betances getting the night off. Clippard remains Betances’s handcuff.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

September 7, 2016
New York Yankees — Dellin Betances struggled in a wild evening at Yankee Stadium and was unable to convert a save chance. With Adam Warren having already pitched, and Tyler Clippard resting following three straight days of work, the Yankees turned to Blake Parker to close the door in the ninth, grabbing his second career save and first since 2013 with the Cubs.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

August 31, 2016
New York Yankees — Chasen Shreve collected his first career save in a 10-inning win for the Yankees. Meanwhile, Adam Warren’s struggles continued. He was the first pitcher out of a 59-minute rain delay and quickly allowed a run after he gave up a hit to both batters he faced before being pulled. Tyler Clippard, on the other hand, has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances to lower his ERA to 0.73. Don’t be surprised if Clippard begins to get more chances directly ahead of Dellin Betances.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Clippard | Warren.

August 29, 2016
New York YankeesJonathan Holder is the 23-year-old closer for New York’s AAA affiliate in Scranton (the mighty RailRiders). He entered Sunday’s game in Rochester in the sixth inning, up two with two on and nobody out, and proceeded to strike out the next 11 hitters. After a bloop infield single, he finished the game with another strikeout, earning a 12-K, 4-IP save for the ages. The MLB record for consecutive strikeouts is 10 (Tom Seaver), and no one has ever struck out more than nine while earning a major league save. Keep an eye on Holder.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Warren | Clippard.

August 1, 2016
New York Yankees – The Yankees’ Big Three is down to one, and the last man standing is the big young righty Dellin Betances. He should close for the remainder of the season, unless the Yankees find a way to trade him over the next two days, too. Additionally, the Yankees picked up Tyler Clippard yesterday, who should immediately enter the late inning mix.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Warren | Clippard.

July 25, 2016
New York Yankees – As mentioned this morning, the Yankees appear unlikely to move Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances, who will be tasked with handling the late innings in Aroldis Chapman’s absence. Miller will close, while Betances will get any save chances when the lefty is unavailable. Adam Warren is coming back from Chicago and should get the chance to recapture his 2015 seventh-inning role.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Warren.

July 25, 2016
New York Yankees – The Yankees are likely to hold on to Andrew Miller unless they’re absolutely blown away by a deal. The lefty remains under team control until 2018 and will likely close for the Yankees for the duration of his contract. If he’s somehow available in your league, grab him immediately. Dellin Betances also appears unlikely to be moved. (Also, Chad Green got a weird save yesterday because the rest of the Yankees bullpen was shot. Did you have him in your lineup? Send us a screenshot as proof to win Closer Monkey Premium for a year!)

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances.

July 24, 2016
New York Yankees – There have been rumors of a lot of teams being interested in Aroldis Chapman and it looks like the Yankees are ready to finish up the process.  Andrew Miller has been in rumors as well, but it sounds like the Yankees might hold on to him.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances.

June 28, 2016
New York Yankees – Aroldis Chapman had a save opportunity snatched away from him by Mother Nature last night – a rain delay in the ninth held him to only nine pitches. When play resumed hours later, Kirby Yates was given the unenviable task of warming up at 2 am to close out a game. He didn’t, giving up 3 runs and blowing his second save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances.

June 11, 2016
New York Yankees — The Yankee bullpen triumverate now has a motto: No Runs DMC, from the initials of Dellin, Miller, and Chapman. Yeah, the shirt’s $39.99, but won’t you tell me last time that love bought you clothes? If you want something even more stylish and economic, swing on over to our Merch page — which will have hoodies soon because, as we all know, Winter is Coming.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances. 

June 8, 2016
New York Yankees — As the Vulture Save Watch predicted, Aroldis Chapman got a night off and Andrew Miller picked up his seventh save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances. 

June 6, 2016
New York Yankees – Trade rumors have begun swirling around the 26-30 Yankees, and if they decide to rebuild, it’s likely that one or more of their trio of late inning arms would be on the block. Aroldis Chapman will be a free agent after this year, while Andrew Miller’s name is also being thrown around. If Miller is available in your league, he’s worth an add, as he’d likely close almost anywhere that he’s dealt.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances. 

May 28, 2016
New York Yankees — Aroldis Chapman was brought in to get the final out after Kirby Yates gave up a homer to make it a three-run game. Chapman did his job twice, getting the rare stat line that has more strikeouts than outs recorded. The last pitcher to do this was the immortal Jerry Blevins, who did it in the bare minimum of six pitches. The last guy to do it in a full inning was Mr. July himself, Will Smith, who should be back with the Brewers next week.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Miller | Betances.

May 9, 2016
New York Yankees — Aroldis Chapman was reinstated from his 30-game suspension this morning and will close immediately for the Yankees. Andrew Miller has done a stellar job in his place and becomes perhaps one of the best middle relievers in the game — he’s worth holding on to, especially if the Yankees continue to sputter and look to (gasp!) rebuild.

Updated hierarchy: Chapman | Miller | Betances.

April 30, 2016
New York Yankees — When Aroldis Chapman returns from his domestic violence suspension on May 9, he will do so as an American citizen.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

April 8, 2016
New York Yankees — Andrew Miller fought through the pain from a chip fracture in his non-pitching hand and picked up his first save of the season, working around two singles. Despite his injury, he’ll man the closer role until Aroldis Chapman returns from his domestic violence-related suspension.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

April 7, 2016
New York Yankees — Ivan Nova picked up the first long-relief save of the year, pitching four scoreless innings in a 10-run blowout. Nova is still fighting for a rotation spot and does not normally factor into the Yankees’ late-inning mix.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

April 1, 2016
New York Yankees — Wikipedia informed Andrew Miller that his broken pisiform bone wasn’t very important, so the lefthander decided he’ll pitch through the injury. “It’s my right hand; I don’t really need it,” Miller said, in a quote that reads like an April Fool’s joke about Carlos Marmol. The news was not as good for Bryan Mitchell, who could miss a few months with a broken big toe.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

March 31, 2016
New York Yankees — Yankees closer-for-the-first-30-games Andrew Miller was drilled in the right wrist with a line drive and exited the game after throwing just one pitch. A CT scan revealed a chip fracture on Miller’s non-throwing hand, and he will see a specialist to determine what to do next. Dellin Betances will close if Miller is not ready for the start of the season. Also, youngster Bryan Mitchell, who has been impressive this spring, injured his toe and will need an MRI.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

March 1, 2016
New York Yankees – Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for 30 games in connection with his domestic violence incident in the offseason. Expect Andrew Miller to close in his absence.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

February 29, 2016
New York Yankees — You may have heard a little about these guys — the only three relievers to strike out over 100 batters in 2015, combining to compensate for a Yankee offense so old it got invited to a Democratic debate. The major complicating factor is a possible domestic violence suspension for Aroldis Chapman, which could sideline him as many as 45 days. In that event, New York would turn to last year’s dynamic duo of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Chapman | Miller | Betances.
Holds candidates: Miller, Betances, Chasen Shreve.

October 2, 2015
New York Yankees — With Andrew Miller resting after a 38-pitch outing, it was Dellin Betances who nailed down the Yankees’ 10,000th win as a franchise, securing a wild card berth.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

August 20, 2015
New York Yankees — Dellin Betances picked up his eighth save of the year with Andrew Miller unavailable after having pitched in two straight games. Betances to Miller remains one of the best bullpen combinations in the game.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

July 29, 2015
New York Yankees — Adam Warren picked up a three-inning save as the Yankees crushed the Rangers, 21-5. He does not factor into the Yankees’ late-inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

July 9, 2015
New York Yankees — Andrew Miller was activated from the DL and immediately saw his first save opportunity last night. Despite giving up a two-run home run, he fought back to escape a brief jam with two outs and remain perfect in save chances this year.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

July 8, 2015
New York Yankees — Andrew Miller will be activated today and immediately take over the closer role he ceded to Dellin Betances, who will slide back to the 8th inning after going 5-of-6 in save opportunities during Miller’s absence. Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve will likely combine for a majority of the holds ahead of Miller and Betances.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Wilson.

June 24, 2015
New York Yankees — Dellin Betances had a forgettable outing last night. After striking out two hitters in the 8th, he lost his command and surrendered four runs on two hits and two hit batsmen to take his first loss of the year. As a show of how good he has been, the four runs quintupled his ERA from 0.25 to 1.25. He should continue to get the 9th inning while Andrew Miller is out, but Miller plans to play catch today.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Wilson | Shreve.

June 21, 2015
New York Yankees — Bryan Mitchell pitched the last three innings of a blowout Yankees win to record the save last night.  Mitchell was just called up, and was an option to start yesterday, so he does not factor into the Yankees normal late inning bullpen plans.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Wilson | Shreve.

June 20, 2015
New York Yankees — Since Chris Martin returned from the disabled list eight days back, he’s been hit hard, yielding five runs and eight hits in three appearances. As a result, the Yankees announced today that they and the big righthander will consciously uncouple, with New York moving on to young Brian Mitchell, and Martin riding the rails to Scranton to try his luck with the IronPigs of Lehigh Valley. Nobody said it was easy. But no one ever said it would be this hard.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Wilson | Shreve.

June 13, 2015
New York Yankees — Joe Girardi clarified that lefthander Justin Wilson will move into the primary set-up role now that Dellin Betances has become the Yankees’ closer. Chris Martin could get an occasional look in the eighth too, depending on matchups. Brian Cashman has said that Andrew Miller could be out for a month.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Wilson | Martin.

June 12, 2015
New York Yankees — Everything’s Not Lost in the Yankees bullpen after all with the Thursday return of righty Chris Martin. Martin had been sent to Triple-A late last month after his DL return so he could get “back on a roll,” according to manager Joe Girardi. Martin has one save and a 3.55 ERA in 12.2 innings for the Yankees this season.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Shreve | Martin.

June 10, 2015
New York Yankees – Andrew Miller has been placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Dellin Betances will close in his place, while Chasen Shreve and Jacob Lindgren move up to the 8th and 7th inning roles.

Updated hierarchy: Betances | Shreve | Lindgren.

June 6, 2015
New York Yankees — Andrew Miller needed a second day of rest after throwing 21 pitches on Tuesday and 35 on Wednesday, and with New York up seven through eight, it looked like that wouldn’t be a problem. But then LA put eight straight men on base to start the ninth: five by Esmil Rogers and three by Dellin Betances. After a visit from Joe Girardi, Betances managed to stop the Angels’ rally just in time, earning his second save of the season and saving Miller for another day.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

June 4, 2015
New York Yankees — David Carpenter was designated for assignment when the Yankees activated Masahiro Tanaka. Meanwhile, Chris Martin has begun a rehab assignment in AAA. Chasen Shreve moves into our hierarchy for now; he has been seeing more high-leverage situations, and seems to have the trust of Joe Girardi. However, an intriguing dark horse is Jacob Lindgren, a 22-year-old fireballer who was done nothing but strike out hitters since he turned professional. His four innings of work are too small to make the crowded Yankees hierarchy, but he has been electric in the early part of his career.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Shreve.

May 10, 2015
New York Yankees — Chris Martin has been placed on the DL with tendinitis in his right elbow.  Martin has been solid for the Yankees this season and was 2nd on the team in appearances.  David Carpenter had a rough outing on Tuesday but should see time in the 7th inning while Martin is out.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Carpenter.

May 9, 2015
New York Yankees — After Andrew Miller shut the Orioles down in order on his way to his 13th save, Joe Girardi reluctantly (and sarcastically) admitted that Miller is New York’s closer. The Yankee bullpen continues to be the best in baseball, with the one-two punch of Miller and Dellin Betances combining for 32 innings pitched with no earned runs, 52 strikeouts, and only 11 hits.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Martin.

May 5, 2015
New York Yankees – After Chase Whitley tossed 7 innings of shutout ball, Chris Martin and Dellin Betances surrendered 3 runs between them. Martin was tagged with the loss and Betances credited with his first blown save of the year. With Andrew Miller getting some rest following a long outing last night, it is safe to say that Betances did not make the most of his chance to stake a claim to the 9th inning.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Martin.

May 3, 2015
New York Yankees –Dellin Betances picked up his first save of the season yesterday.  The Yankees wanted to give Andrew Miller the day off on Saturday and that allowed Betances to look dominant in the closers’ role for one night, as he struck out all four batters that he faced on only 14 pitches.  Miller should still see the majority of save chances, but Betances proved that he can get the job done if the Yankees want to give Miller extra rest at any point during the season.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Martin.

April 29, 2015
New York Yankees –Don’t Panic, Yankees fans. In a game that seemed to move at the Speed of Sound under A Sky Full of Stars, Chris Martin made sure there was no ninth-inning Trouble and recorded his first career save. Both Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances had pitched in back-to-back games.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Martin.

April 28, 2015
New York Yankees — Another great outing for Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. In 19.2 innings, the two have now allowed no earned runs and eight hits, while striking out 32.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Martin.

April 27, 2015
New York Yankees — David Carpenter has been absent from close games lately; maybe he’s not tall enough for Joe Girardi’s liking. In a bullpen full of literal giants, 6-foot-8 Chris Martin stands as tall as any — and the five straight outs he recorded during last night’s two-run win over NY (NL) gets him into a hierarchy that’s now only an inch short of 20 feet tall.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Betances | Martin.

April 24, 2015
New York Yankees — Andrew Miller picked up his AL-leading sixth save Wednesday; Miller, who has not allowed a run, has 15 strikeouts in 7 games this season. Joe Girardi hasn’t confirmed that Miller is the full-time closer, but we’re sure enough to remove the committee asterisk. Dellin Betances, meanwhile, has overcome his early control issues and allowed only one walk in his last five appearances. He’ll be the guy should Miller falter or get hurt.

Hierarchy remains: Miller | Betances | Carpenter.

April 18, 2015
New York Yankees — Joe Girardi might still call it a closer committee in the Bronx, but Andrew Miller is the one running all the meetings. Dellin Betances took care of business in the seventh and eighth last night before giving way to Miller, who earned his third save with three strikeouts.

Hierarchy remains: *Miller | Betances | Carpenter.
* = closer-by-committee

April 14, 2015
New York Yankees – Andrew Miller was called on to close the door on the Yankees’ come from behind victory tonight with a five-out save. Dellin Betances was used in the 8th and continued to struggle, giving up two hits and two walks in one inning of work. At this point it seems that Joe Girardi is most comfortable relying on Miller to lock up close games. While still ostensibly a committee, we are ready to flip Betances and Miller.

Updated hierarchy: *Miller | Betances | Carpenter.
* = closer-by-committee

April 9, 2015
New York Yankees – Dellin Betances’ struggles carried over from spring, as he entered the game with the Yankees down by one to face the heart of the order in the eighth inning. He left after giving up a run, but earned a vulture win after Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil combined to give up three runs in the eighth. Andrew Miller earned his first save of the season, saying afterwards that he was comfortable as a co-closer. It’s too early to call this a shift at the top of the Yankees’ committee, as Betances was brought in to face three dangerous righties in a close game, and Miller fell into a save due to the implosion by Toronto’s bullpen. However, the early returns are leaning towards Miller, and you should not hesitate to pick him up if he is somehow still available.

Hierarchy remains: *Betances | Miller | Carpenter.
*closer-by-committee

April 3, 2015
New York Yankees – Dellin Betances has one more outing scheduled before the regular season starts, and it better be a good one, because the stories about his bad spring are becoming increasingly critical. Given his rough March — which included a 7.11 ERA and a fastball that didn’t seem to have as much life as last year — Joe Girardi has been forced to hold off on declaring a closer. This means Andrew Miller might see a few chances in the early going, and could take over the job entirely if Betances’s struggles spill over to the regular season.

Hierarchy remains: *Betances | Miller | Carpenter.
*closer-by-committee

March 18, 2015
New York Yankees – Though Joe Girardi said the closer role would be determined by a spring training competition between Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, most of the speculation was that Betances would be the guy. (Which is why we ranked him so highly on our preseason closer rankings.) We still don’t have a definitive answer, but nothing drastic has changed; Betances is still the frontrunner and likely closer for the Bombers.

Hierarchy remains: Betances | Miller | Carpenter.

March 6, 2015
New York Yankees — With David Robertson departed to the AL Central, the Yankees went out and got Andrew Miller. However, despite a $36 million deal, Miller isn’t the team’s closer . . . at least not yet. He’s in a battle for the job with Dellin Betances, who impressed last year with a 1.40 ERA, setting the Yankee record for strikeouts by a reliever with 135. Betances has terrific stuff and is probably the better pitcher, but it’s possible that Joe Girardi uses him more strategically, in the highest-leverage spots. Girardi could even platoon the two based on matchups. Former Brave David Carpenter projects to be the seventh-inning guy.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Betances | Miller | Carpenter.
Holds candidates: Carpenter, Adam Warren.

September 26, 2014
New York Yankees – So it turns out that baseball is totally rigged, and last night, David Robertson owners were the victims. Robertson’s role in “Yeah Jeets!: The Play” was to ensure that Derek Jeter got a final at bat, which meant a brutal blown save which included two home runs. In all seriousness, the Yankee brass should definitely mull the Robertson vs Betances question in the offseason. Robertson has been OK, but not great, all season, while Betances has had one of the best seasons for a reliever of all time.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

September 20, 2014
New York Yankees — Adam Warren recorded his third save of the season last night.  David Robertson and Dellin Betances were both given the night after pitching back-to-back games.

Update hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

September 18, 2014
New York Yankees — Dellin Betances surpassed some Mariano Rivera guy on Wednesday to set a Yankees record for strikeouts by a reliever (132), and he did it in 20 fewer innings. Because of Masahiro Tanaka’s injury, Betances is now only three Ks away from leading the entire team.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Kelley.

August 20, 2014
New York Yankees — The Yankees have had to cobble things together at almost every position, but the bullpen had remained a strength — until recently. Aside from the still-otherworldly Dellin Betances, no Yankee reliever has pitched well since the All-Star break. After a lights-out April and May, Adam Warren has struggled recently, and he saw more than a week go by between his last two outings. Shawn Kelley’s stats aren’t much better, but he seems to be the reliever that Joe Girardi trusts most in the seventh these days.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Kelley.

July 15, 2014
New York Yankees – Closer David Robertson is in the final year of his contract, but even with Dellin Betances lurking behind him, the Yankees are still in the playoff race and should stand pat with their bullpen with other more pressing needs elsewhere. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

July 8, 2014
New York Yankees – After throwing 21 pitches on Sunday, David Robertson got Monday night off. That paved the way for All-Star Dellin Betances to collect his first career save.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 20, 2014
New York Yankees – With most of New York’s top relievers needing a night off, Adam Warren picked up a 2-out save on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 11, 2014
New York Yankees — Shawn Kelley will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but Joe Girardi will be careful with him for a while, avoiding use in back-to-back games. Dellin Betances and Adam Warren have been exemplary in Kelley’s absence.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

June 7, 2014
New York Yankees — Protecting a 2 run lead in the 8th inning, the Yankees called on Dellin Betances.  He pitched a clean inning, with 2 Ks, and picked up his 8th hold of the season.  Betances now has a ridiculous 61 Ks in 36 innings this season and is turning into a dominant set-up man for the Yankees.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Betances | Warren.

May 14, 2014
New York Yankees — Shawn Kelley was placed on the DL with a lower back injury, retroactive to May 7; this will force Joe Girardi to lean on Adam Warren and Dellin Betances even more.

Hierarchy change: Robertson | Warren | Betances.

April 23, 2014
New York Yankees — As we let you know on Tuesday morning, David Robertson has returned from the disabled listHierarchy change: David Robertson to Closer, Shawn Kelley to Set-up, Adam Warren to 2nd in line.

April 11, 2014
New York Yankees – With both Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren unavailable, David Phelps picked up his 2nd career save, throwing a spotless 2.1 innings with 3 Ks.  With the rest of the bullpen now rested, Phelps will return to his swingman role and is unlikely to see many more late game appearances.  No hierarchy change.

April 7, 2014
New York Yankees – David Robertson sustained an injured groin and is going on the disabled list.  For what it’s worth, Robertson only expects to miss the minimum 15 days.  Hierarchy change: Shawn Kelley to Closer, Adam Warren to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

April 4, 2014
New York Yankees — Adam Warren made an excellent debut in a high-leverage spot, before yielding to Shawn Kelley and new closer David Robertson. Hierarchy change: Adam Warren to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Thornton.

March 13, 2014
New York Yankees — As the post-Mo era begins in the Bronx, we think David Robertson will exhibit the talent to be a top-tier closer option, especially if he can improve his efficiency. Ranked #9 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 11, 2014
New York Yankees – The ninth inning for the Yankees will look decidedly different in 2014 with the retirement of the legendary Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson will have some giant shoes to fill as the team’s new closer. The rest of the bullpen is full of question marks, with Shawn Kelley seemingly favored by manager Joe Girardi as the eight-inning option. Matt Thornton will be the team’s lefty specialist and will see time in the seventh. Dellin Betances has impressed this spring and Preston Claiborne will also be someone to watch.   Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – David Robertson, Set-up – Shawn Kelley, 2nd in line – Matt Thornton.

September 29, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, will not pitch again this season.  He finishes his final season with 44 saves.  David Robertson will take over as closer and certainly has some big shoes to fill.   No hierarchy change.

September 28, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera got the night off after his emotional final outing in Yankee Stadium.  David Robertson retired the Astros in order (which isn’t hard to do) for his 3rd save of the season.  There are rumors that Mariano could play center field this weekend so Robertson could see more saves.  No hierarchy change.

September 12, 2013
New York Yankees – David Robertson returned to action yesterday, pitching the 8th inning and picking up a win.  Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Shawn Kelley to 2nd in line.

September 11, 2013
New York Yankees — David Robertson could return from his right shoulder tendinitis within the next few days, but it might be a few days longer for Boone Logan, who needed a cortisone shot in his left elbow over the weekend. Without their top set-up guys, New York is relying on Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren, and summoning Mariano Rivera for multi-inning save chances whenever necessary. Hierarchy change: Shawn Kelley to Set-up, Adam Warren to 2nd in line, David Robertson and Boone Logan injured.

September 7, 2013
New York Yankees – The Yankees bullpen gave up 9 runs in a loss last night.  More bad news for the Yankees as David Robertson is expected to miss 5-6 days with a sore shoulder.  No hierarchy change.

August 23, 2013
New York Yankees – As mentioned in the Vulture Save Watch, David Robertson picked up a save in Mariano Rivera’s absence on Thursday.  No hierarchy change.

August 13, 2013
New York Yankees — As we suspected, Mo Rivera got a night off on Monday, and although David Robertson didn’t make it easy — surrendering three baserunners and allowing an inherited run to score — he ultimately picked up his first save of the season. No hierarchy change.

August 12, 2013
New York Yankees – Most closers who blow three consecutive save chances would be destined for a trip to the Hot Seat.  But Mariano Rivera, who completed the third leg of that ignominious feat on Sunday, would probably have to double, or maybe even triple, his current streak of blown saves in order for the Yankees to consider derailing his farewell tour.  No hierarchy change.

July 22, 2013
New York Yankees — Joba Chamberlain’s continued struggles have once again dropped him below Boone Logan on the Yankees’ depth chart; Logan struck out the side in a tied seventh inning on Sunday at Fenway. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, replacing Joba Chamberlain.

July 17, 2013
New York Yankees — With all the injuries stalking the Bronx this season (including a 97 MPH All-Star Game fastball to Robinson Cano’s quadriceps), the late innings are the least of Joe Girardi’s concerns. Although New York could always add a setup arm, there’s not a pitcher in the world who could derail Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

May 29, 2013
New York Yankees — Joba Chamberlain was reactivated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game. Although the Yankees’ pen has grown somewhat crowded in his absence, he should get a chance to regain his seventh-inning role. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

May 14, 2013
New York Yankees — Adam Warren picked up his first career save on Monday with four innings of two-hit ball. Although Warren entered in the 6th to protect a one-run lead, he presents as more of a long man or spot starter. No hierarchy change.

May 3, 2013
New York Yankees – Joba Chamberlain hit the DL yesterday with a strained right side.  Boone Logan will likely fill the 7th inning role in his absence.  Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, Joba Chamberlain to DL.

April 28, 2013
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera and David Robertson both got the night off after pitching in three of the previous four games.  Joba Chamberlain gave up a couple hits in the 9th but ultimately got the save.  No hierarchy change.

April 26, 2013
New York Yankees – After a rough start to the season, Joba Chamberlain has now put together six straight scoreless outings, spanning 5.2 innings.  He earned his second hold of the season yesterday, pitching the 7th inning ahead of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.  Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

February 24, 2013
New York Yankees – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Mariano Rivera Set-up- David Robertson, 2nd in line- Boone Logan. 

September 21, 2012
New York Yankees – The Yankees did indeed rest Rafael Soriano, but it was David Robertson who collected the save in his absence, striking out the side. No hierarchy change.

September 13, 2012
New York Yankees – For the second straight night, Boone Logan entered in the 7th and failed to retire the hitter he was summoned to face — and for the second straight night, it was Joba Chamberlain who relieved him and finished the inning. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

September 7, 2012
New York Yankees – It was a rough night for the Yankees bullpen, which surrendered four 8th inning runs in a loss to the Orioles. Boone Logan was among the relievers who were touched up, as he gave up a run without recording an out. But the lefty has been getting a lot of late inning opportunities in recent weeks, while Joba Chamberlain has been pitching early in games, or in blowouts. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to 2nd in line, replacing Joba Chamberlain.

August 14, 2012
New York Yankees – Derek Lowe, just signed by the Yankees, picked up his first save since 2001, pitching the last four innings in an 8-2 victory for New York. Lowe does not factor in to the Yankees usual late-inning plans. No hierarchy change.

August 7, 2012
New York Yankees – On Monday, in his second big-league appearance of the year, Joba Chamberlain pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Chamberlain was dominant in his rehab outings, logging a 0.96 ERA, 10 Ks and only 1 BB. Once he gets his feet under him in the big leagues, the Yankees are certain to use him in some high-leverage late-inning spots. Hierarchy change: Joba Chamberlain to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

July 13, 2012
New York Yankees – Rafael Soriano has been rock solid since taking over the 9th inning, while David Robertson has continued to be spectacular in any role other than closer. Any acquisitions the Yankees make are unlikely to affect their hierarchy. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 15, 2012
New York Yankees – The Yankees activated David Robertson from the DL on Thursday. Robertson is expected to return to a set-up role, but could challenge for the closer job if Rafael Soriano struggles. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

June 2, 2012
New York Yankees – David Robertson is still a few weeks away from returning but the Yankees have already said that Rafael Soriano will continue to close even after Robertson comes back. Robertson will likely go back to his 8th inning duties once he is healthy. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up (DL).

May 26, 2012
New York Yankees – With a three-run lead on Friday, the Yankees turned to Boone Logan, who pitched a breezy 8th inning ahead of Rafael Soriano. Logan (2.95 ERA, 28 Ks in 18.1 IPs) is establishing himself as the go-to set-up man in the Yankees beleaguered bullpen. Hierarchy change: Boone Logan to Set-up, Cory Wade to 2nd in line.

May 16, 2012
New York Yankees – David Robertson was placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. Rafael Soriano will close until he returns. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to DL, Rafael Soriano to Closer, Cory Wade to Setup, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

May 15, 2012
New York Yankees – Rafael Soriano picked up his 2nd save last night, as David Robertson revealed he has been dealing with a nagging injury since Friday. The young closer doesn’t think it’s too serious, but he will undergo an MRI today. No hierarchy change.

May 13, 2012
New York Yankees – Boone Logan picked up a save yesterday, throwing 1.1 innings in a game where the Yankees had a four-run lead. No hierarchy change.

May 11, 2012
New York Yankees – As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, David Robertson was unavailable on Thursday. Rafael Soriano got the save in his place, allowing one run in the 9th. No hierarchy change.

May 4, 2012
New York Yankees – Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls during warmups before Thursday’s game. He’s out for the year and his career may be over. Rafael Soriano was used in the 8th inning yesterday with the Yankees down by a run, leaving little doubt that it will be David Robertson who steps in and attempts to fill Rivera’s big shoes. Hierarchy change: Mariano Rivera to DL, David Robertson to Closer, Rafael Soriano to Setup, Cory Wade to 2nd in line.

April 7, 2012
New York Yankees- David Robertson’s mild foot injury cost him some work early in spring training, and the Yankees hinted that Rafael Soriano would set up as a result, but Robertson appears to be fine; in their first game, the Yanks went with Soriano in the 7th and Robertson in the 8th. Hierarchy change: David Robertson to Set-up, Rafael Soriano to 2nd in line.

March 28, 2012
New York Yankees- Mariano Rivera enters what he says will be his last season. Rafael Soriano will pitch the 8th inning to start out, but if he struggles, David Robertson could re-assume the role he thrived in last season. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Mariano Rivera, Set-up- Rafael Soriano, 2nd in line- David Robertson.

Sept. 22, 2011
New York Yankees- Rafael Soriano picked up the save in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader. Mariano Rivera had already pitched the day game, so he was given the night off. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 4, 2011
New York Yankees- David Robertson notched the save last night, as Rivera had pitched several games in a row. No hierarchy change.

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