Aroldis Chapman named Yankees' closer by Joe Girardi
Trade acquisition hurler still facing possible suspension
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says newly acquired left-hander Aroldis Chapman will go into spring training as New York's closer.
During an interview on the YES Network, Girardi revealed Monday he is choosing the hard-throwing Chapman over Andrew Miller.
The Yankees obtained the 27-year-old Chapman, a four-time All-Star, from the Reds last month for four minor leaguers after Cincinnati's deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through when it was learned Florida police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban pitcher.
Major League Baseball is currently investigating, and Chapman could face suspension under the sport's new domestic violence policy.
Miller and Dellin Betances will set up Chapman, giving the back end of the New York bullpen the top three relievers by strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings in the majors last year.
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