TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Andrew Miller can’t wait to watch Aroldis Chapman on a mound up close.
Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in December, Chapman is taking over from Miller as the New York Yankees closer this season. The left-hander routinely surpasses 100 mph with his fastball.
“I’m just curious to see him pitch,” Miller said Wednesday after working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “I’m looking to see it first hand. I’m looking forward to just kind of standing behind the bullpen or something and seeing what it looks like.”
With Chapman closing, Miller will join Dellin Betances in a set-up role. Miller was 36 for 38 in save chances with a 2.04 ERA last year in his first season with the Yankees. Betances had a 1.50 ERA in a career-high 74 games.
“On paper we look pretty good, but that doesn’t really mean anything,” Miller said.
Yankees pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Thursday.
Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Rich Gossage are among the guest instructors at Yankees’ camp .
Among those scheduled to join the pair are Ron Guidry, Orlando Hernandez, Hideki Matsui, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill and Willie Randolph.
Andy Pettitte, who spoke to a group of minor leaguers Monday, said he likely will make an appearance as a guest instructor. Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada have had short stints as instructors in the past.
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