New York Yankees: Projecting the 2012 Bullpen

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New York Yankees: Projecting the 2012 Bullpen
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Last season, New York Yankees relievers posted the American League’s top ERA (3.12), a full 0.40 runs ahead of second-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Despite the unit’s success last season, they could be even better in 2012 with a pair of relief pitching prospects closing in and a long-relief upgrade caused by additions to the rotation this offseason.

Heading into spring training, a few personnel questions remain to be answered:

Who makes the move to the ‘pen: AJ Burnett or Phil Hughes?

Can Rule 5 selection Cesar Cabral stick?

Can prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos effect decisions?

For now, here’s a look at what to expect from the Yankees’ bullpen heading into Opening Day.

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