Brian Cashman ‘seamless’ with Aroldis Chapman as Yankees

The two Yankees’ previous two playoff bouts have revealed the same thing: a late, go-ahead homer allowed by Aroldis Chapman.

Despite that history, general manager Brian Cashman expressed confidence in the Yankees’ close – who performed well in the wild-card series in Cleveland, but allowed a homer to Houston’s Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the ALCS last year . Tampa Bay’s Mike Brasso lost 5 in his game to this year’s ALDS.

“I think [Chapman] Cashman is truly talented and exceptional, ” Cashman said of Chapman, who gave Cleveland’s Rajai Davis a big home run in the 2016 World Series with the Cubs.

“Some end results, at least here and with the Cubs, you can point out,” Cashman said. “I know that when given a chance with a win in hand, I feel very comfortable – and Aaron Boone does, as well [Chapman]. He is usually converting those people and I have full faith in Erodis Chapman. Certainly, I am looking forward to several times next October, if we are lucky enough to qualify [for the postseason] – We are in a position to hand him the ball. ”

Aroldis Chapman and Brian Cashman
Aroldis Chapman and Brian CashmanCorey Sipkin (2)

The Yankees made the biggest splash of offseason a year ago when they signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $ 324 million deal. There is no such target on the market this winter, but there are some options, such as Trevor Bauer.

Cashman admitted Wednesday that the depth of the rotation was an issue, especially in October – some of it was alleged to have hurt Luis Severino and James Paxton.

He would not add this lineage to rotate, but is confident that there is a “foundation” of talent, especially with Severino’s possible withdrawal from Tommy John surgery by the midseason.

Another option could be Domingo German, who is off the MLB restricted list after serving his suspension for violations of the league’s domestic violence policy last year.

Hal Steinbrenner said on Tuesday on “The Michael’s Show” that he needed to speak right-handedly “to feel completely comfortable that he deeply regrets and is sorry for what he did, and I have to be completely comfortable, the fact is that it has changed my life. ”

Cashman noted that the Yankees have not seen the Germans since they were suspended and called it a “developed situation”.

The Yankees have not ruled out bringing back the 28-year-old, who was one of their most consistent pitchers in 2019, but there is no guarantee.

“We look forward to engaging again with Domingo German and seeing where he is from a personal and professional light,” GM said.

Behind Cole, the Yankees currently have only Severino and Jordan Montgomery and inexperienced substitutes such as Davy Garcia, Clarke Schmidt and Mike King.


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