Since acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, the biggest question surrounding the Yankees bullpen has been who will be the closer. Andrew Miller proved to be incredibly effective last season in his first year with New York, as he posted a K/9 of 14.59, along with an ERA of 1.90, an FIP of 2.16, and 36 saves in 38 opportunities.
However despite his success in 2015, Chapman is apparently set for closing duties in 2016.
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As good as Miller was, Chapman was better. He struck out 15.74 batters per nine innings, finished the season with a 1.63 ERA, and an FIP of 1.94. Chapman struggles with his control more than Miller does, but that hasn't negatively effected him thus far in his career.
With this news, the bullpen hierarchy for New York's vaunted trio would seem to be Betances, then Miller, followed by Chapman. Betances and Miller could be flip-flopped, depending on the handedness of the hitters coming up in a specific inning, but Miller is likely a step above Betances in the chain of relievers.
While the Yankees are preparing for Chapman to be the closer, there's still the question of whether or not he's going to be suspended by Major League Baseball under their new domestic violence policy. As of now, there's no indication of when Rob Manfred's decision will be made, or how severe the punishment will be.
If Chapman is ultimately suspended, and forced to miss time during the 2016 season, a safe assumption is that Miller would step back into the closer role.