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Yankees remove Chapman as closer after series of ugly outings

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Bryan Mcwilliam

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Wendell Cruz / USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have removed Aroldis Chapman as the team’s closer after the left-hander allowed seven earned runs in his last four outings.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch the talk with Chapman about removing him from the role “went well,” and the Yankees do “not necessarily” have a set closer moving forward.

Despite having Dellin Betances and David Robertson on the roster – both of whom have closing experience – Girardi told Hoch he is not anointing either as the closer because he wants flexibility when it comes to matchups.

The 29-year-old Chapman signed a five-year, $86-million contract with New York last December. He’s saved 16-of-20 games this season, while posting a career-high ERA of 4.29.

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