Monday, February 22, 2016

Yankees weekend news wrap: Bullpen trio tosses, Chapman, Parmelee

The New York Yankees completed their first weekend of spring camp with a few notable items to discuss.

Betances, Miller and Chapman take mound together

The trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took to the hill Friday for their first mound work of the spring. Under the watchful eye of Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild the flame-throwing threesome threw free and easy. There was plenty of glove popping during the session. Here is some video courtesy of’s Bryan Hoch.

The Yankees will be thoroughly reliant on the backend of the bullpen in 2016. There is a chance that some games can result in as many as 12 outs coming from the three players. The Yankees will not want to employ that method too often, but the option is certainly there. Having all three hurlers also gives Girardi the ability to provide ample rest to each pitcher without sacrificing the end of games.

Chapman suspension looming

Rumors swirled Sunday that Major League Baseball may be ready to hand down a suspension on Chapman for his domestic violence incident. There has been some speculation that Chapman might even be disallowed from attending spring camp. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has plenty of leeway in which he can enforce discipline because this is a completely new policy.

I’m not certain anyone realized that any Chapman suspension might include lost time with the club at spring training. Being away from the team means Chapman will have less time acclimating to his new surroundings. While Chapman seems to be a bit aloof, working with his new catchers and coaches is a big deal. Losing that time might have a negative impact on his performance.

That said I’m not certain that missing spring training is more important than the actual number of games that Chapman might be suspended. I expect Chapman can get his work in elsewhere and knows when he’s ready to face batters in live action. For a veteran reliever, it typically does not take much time to get fully into the swing of things. So, whenever Chapman’s suspension ends, I would expect him to need just a week or two at most to feel completely comfortable on the mound.

Parmelee joins Yanks

When Greg Bird went down with his season-ending injury, it left a hole in the depth chart at first base. The Yankees were ready to go with Dustin Ackley as Mark Teixeira’s backup from the beginning, but the club wanted to have a sound option at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Chris Parmelee fits the bill.

Parmelee, 27, has played in 305 MLB games in his career, mostly at first base and right field. Parmelee owns a .707 OPS and is an average fielding first baseman. I wouldn’t expect to see Parmelee up with the major league club unless there are injuries to both Teixeira or Ackley.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on The Cauldron via Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.