The Yankees made Aroldis Chapman the richest closer in baseball this past offseason, signing him to a five-year, $86 million deal. Now, they’re making him the richest run-of-the-mill reliever.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday that Chapman has been removed from the closer role to “try and get him right”.
Girardi said Chapman no longer the closer. Will use him st "different" points to "try and get him right." Chapman was on board with it
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) August 19, 2017
It’s probably a good idea. Chapman has been far from “right” lately and the Yankees can ill afford to risk putting him in close games at this point. Since the All-Star break, he’s posted a 5.40 ERA with 12 hits allowed and 10 walks in 15 innings.
New York holds a 3.5-game lead in the crazy American League Wild Card race, and that lead can disappear in an instant with how many teams are still in it.
The Yankees should be patting themselves on the back for acquiring bullpen arms David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle at the deadline. If they hadn’t, this situation would be much, much worse.
The Yankees sit five games behind the Red Sox in the AL East as they take on Chris Sale in Boston tonight.