The Washington Nationals are looking for a top bullpen arm and have been for some time. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports the Nats may be willing to deal top prospect Lucas Giolito for Miller ‘straight up’.
Miller has garnered the bulk of attention since Chapman was traded, and the Yankees have been listening to offers. Giolito, 22, is the top prospect in the Nationals system who has seen some time in the majors this year. He has no record with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.
In the minors, the right-hander has tossed to a 25-13 record in five seasons. He owns a 2.74 career ERA in 338 innings. This season, Giolito is 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA, splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A.
Drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft from Harvard-Westlake High School, Giolito has jumped as the top prospect in the Washington system this year after starting the year 3rd (via Baseball America). He was ranked as baseball’s fifth-best overall prospect starting the year by Baseball America, and third by MLB.com.
It remains to be seen if the Yankees will be convinced enough to make a deal of this nature happen. Jon Heyman of MLB Network and FanRag Sports reports the Yankees would not be interested in the deal.