Brett Tomko will be the Triple-A closerAt least they have a rational reason for it, ya know, besides winning.
Pitching cordinator Nardi Contreras said in spring training that the Yankees would rather control a young reliever's innings than his role. That's why you saw Scott Strickland in the closer's role last season and that's why Tomko will be in that role this year.
“Tomko is going to pitch in the closer role right now, and we’ll go from there," pitching coach Scott Aldred said. "We’ll see how it works. I think it will be fine. A lot of experience. Give him some intense work instead of being a long guy and pitching in some games that don’t mean much, I think we’ll get the best out of Brett Tomko by pitching him at the end of the game.”
As for the rest of the bullpen, Mark Melancon, David Robertson, Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett are lined up to get most of the innings.
(Of course, Tomko posted a 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, so maybe... nah, nevermind.)