NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the New York Mets during interleague play on September 19, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets 5-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams that are interested in trading for Andrew Miller, and according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees could benefit the most from the Aroldis Chapman situation in Cincinnati.
At the beginning of the Winter Meetings, it appeared as if the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds had agreed upon a trade that would send Chapman to Los Angeles, but due to an emerging report of a domestic violence allegation against the All Star closer, trade talks seemed to have broken down for the time being.
With the issues surrounding Chapman, teams are looking for alternative solutions to help bolster their bullpen, and fittingly, the interest in Miller’s services have escalated once again.
Before Miller signed a four-year, $36 million dollar contract with the Yankees last offseason, the Astros and Dodgers were heavily in on the left-handed reliever. The Astros reportedly made the largest offer to Miller, but the 30-year-old chose a lesser offer from the Yankees to be closer to his family.
It’s unclear if the Yankees are willing to trade away Miller at this point, but it’s likely that General Manager Brian Cashman will entertain offers for his All Star closer. The team’s goal is to get younger this offseason, and with the relief market growing thinner by the day, Miller could be a very valuable trade chip that could ultimately bring back a huge return for the Bronx Bombers.