Yankees Pen Could be the Best in the Majors in 2012

RHP Mariano Rivera (closer)

RHP David Robertson

RHP Rafael Soriano

RHP Cory Wade

LHP Boone Logan

LHP Cesar Cabral

RHP Freddy Garcia or RHP Phil Hughes

The bullpen has a chance to be the best in the majors, led by ageless closer Rivera, who is entering what could be the final season of his career. Robertson developed into a terrific setup man in 2011 and could be a closer-in-waiting and if Soriano pitches how he did late last year the Yankees have the potential to drastically shorten games on their opponents.

Wade emerged as a reliable arm last year and while Logan can struggle, he’s gotten some big outs. Cabral figures to grab the spot for second lefty, a slot Joe Girardi deems necessary. Garcia and Hughes are each trying to be the fifth starter, so whoever loses that competition will take over as long reliever. Garcia traditionally starts slow, so Hughes could have an advantage.

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