(In Photo: Greg Holland)
The Yankees are looking around for a 'top' closer, and according to the always great George King III of the New York Post, they appear to be looking for something very similar to before they traded away Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman:
"With the Yankees’ offseason focus on improving the pitching staff,
they will be represented Monday when former Royals closer Greg Holland throws for scouts in Scottsdale, Ariz.... Holland, 31 on Nov. 20,
had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 2, 2015, and missed all of the 2016
Though the back-end reliever won’t command the money Kenley Jansen and Chapman ($16 million to $18 million per year) and to a lesser
degree Mark Melancon will, Holland could land a two-year contract.
needing surgery, Holland was among the game’s elite closers. He saved
47 games in 68 games in 2013, 46 in 65 games in 2014 and 32 in 48 games
If Chapman returns, he would close and Dellin Betances
would work the seventh or eighth inning. Adding a healthy Holland to a
bullpen that includes Chapman and Betances would give the Yankees a very
deep late-game trio."
Now it's pretty clear, Yankee brass is not 100% sure that Betances can be the Yankees closer... YET. I mean, over time, alittle confidence, he can and will be successful, and this second part of the season was that test. No harm, we weren't exactly running away with getting to the playoffs. And so, now Cashman will give it a shot and try to bring back Chapman, or look into others to make that successful bridge again, and find the closer that will help them in 2017.
I'm glad. I'm glad Cashman sees the need to do this. Nothing against Betances, but as I wrote a while back in my piece DELLIN BETANCES MAY JUST NOT BE READY...
"I believe that Betances back at the set up role would be huge for his
confidence and helpful for the team, especially if we could get a guy
like Aroldis back. Then D could hand off of Chapman and then, over time,
he would take over that closing role for the New York Yankees again."
I think I'm right.