The latest from the Bronx:
- The Yankees bullpen probably won’t be any better in 2016, Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs opines. The Yankees now have the most fearsome trio of relievers of any team in baseball with Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances, but Sullivan can’t fathom the ’16 bullpen actually besting the 2015 bullpen. The Yankees were 66-3 when leading after six, and 73-2 when leading after seven innings, and there’s not much room to grow from there. Still, the Yankees were projected to regress a bit in the bullpen area, so the Chapman acquisition made plenty of sense.
- The Bombers head into 2016 with plenty of work to do, as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes. The Yankees may look to address their starting pitching as none of their starters topped 170 innings in 2015. Still, they have plenty of names to work with as Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Bryan Mitchell are already in-house. It appears that outfielder Brett Gardner and left-handed closer Andrew Miller could be available if the Yankees get an offer they can’t refuse, but that has not come along yet.
- The Yankees’ bullpen trio could make history, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com writes. No team has ever featured three relievers who recorded at least 100 strikeouts in a season and only six teams have ever had two pitchers reach the 100 K mark. Cassavell stacked the three Yankees hurlers up against the 2014 Royals bullpen trio and also compared them to some reliever groups from the past.