Friday, December 5, 2014

Yankees sign Andrew Miller, continue great day

The New York Yankees, considered “quiet” this offseason, got extremely loud Friday trading for Didi Gregorius and signing Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million contract according to Jack Curry of the YES Network via Twitter.

Miller has established himself as a dominant lefty reliever the last couple of seasons, but he’s no LOOGY. Miller gets batters from both sides of the plate out with an exceptional strikeout rate of 14.9 batters per nine innings.

Miller held right-handers to an outstanding .145/.245/.202 slash line and lefties to an incredible .163/.206/.261 line in 2014 for the Boston Red Sox and then the Baltimore Orioles.

The move gives the Yankees two of the most devastating relievers in the game with Dellin Betances ready to build on his rookie campaign.

During a radio interview on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM in New York, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Miller was not told he would close and said the pitcher was willing to pitch wherever manager Joe Girardi felt he was needed. Cashman also said that the door is not closed on David Robertson.

Cashman portrayed the Yankees offseason as a work in progress, looking to deal with the third and second base positions and surely getting involved in or continuing talks with starting pitchers. He stated that he was not saying no to anything at this point, leaving the chance of a big name signing like Max Scherzer or Jon Lester as a possibility.

With the Winter Meetings coming up next week the Yankees have positioned themselves well and are sure to build dialogue on the free agent and trade fronts with a chance to possibly complete deals in San Diego.

What are your thoughts on the Miller signing? What should the Yankees do next? Let me know if the comments below.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.