TAMPA, Fla. – Aaron Boone isn’t worried about the changes that are coming in MLB, particularly with the relief rules in 2020.
“I’m OK with that,” Boone said of the reported agreement between MLB and its Players Association that pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, or until the inning ends.
“With our club, I don’t feel like we have a lot of matchup guys, anyway,” The Yankees’ manager said of his loaded bullpen, with Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and Dellin Betances primarily setting up closer Aroldis Chapman.
“There’s not a lot of times where I’m going one hitter at a time or two hitters at a time,” Boone said of those power arms. “So, I don’t think it would have that much of an affect on us.”
Now, Chapman is eligible to opt out of his contract after this season, if he desires. And Betances will be entering his free-agent walk year, unless the Yankees go the route of Luis Severino and Aaron Hicks and negotiate an extension.
But Britton, Ottavino, Green and Jonathan Holder are under control, and these new pitching rules aren’t due to go into effect until next year.
“So, who knows what we look like exactly,” Boone said of the 2020 season. “But I’m OK with that (three-batter minimum), and I like the roster ideas.”
Under the new guidelines, rosters will expand from 25 players to 26 in 2020, and September roster expansions will be limited, with a maximum 28-man roster after Sept. 1, replacing the old 40-man max.
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Published 8:05 AM EDT Mar 15, 2019