Adding Andrew Miller gives Indians the best bullpen in baseball

Ross Houston
August 7, 2016

"I think he's going to be fine", Miller said. "I'm not going to comment on any specifics". They've got some good pieces out in the bullpen.

The teams had reached preliminary agreement on a deal late Saturday night to send Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, to the Indians for three minor leaguers.

"Stayed tuned", general manager Brian Cashman said.

Cleveland has been looking for a catcher since Yan Gomes separated his shoulder.

In exchange, the Yankees received a package of four prospects - outfielder Clint Frazier, left-hander Justus Sheffield and right-handed pitchers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen. As the Yankees try to go young, their focus will be on trying to find productive, relatively affordable players to fill the big league roster while waiting for prospects to develop.

"We lost a true leader and a good friend for me, somebody we all kind of leaned on", Betances said to the New York Post. "That's why we do what we do, and we felt that this team has done its part".


"For me now, it's a chance to go to a team that's in the thick of it and has big plans for this year", said Miller, who is signed through 2018 at $9 million annually. "That's very meaningful. So I want to talk to all of them together at one point before we get started just so we're all on the same page".

They went on to lose Sunday as well, a 5-3 loss to the Rays that left the Yankees swept by a last-place team in their final series before Monday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

But Girardi's job just got tougher following the teardown of the back end of his bullpen. "They've got a great lineup, rotation".

Miller was 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA with the Yankees.

Clippard is no stranger to the Yankees, who drafted him in the ninth round of the 2003 Draft. They showed that they are not afraid to take some risks this trade deadline.

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired left-hander Wade Miley in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.


Sheffield: Only recently 20-years-old, Sheffield is already in high A ball and giving up nearly a hit and a strikeout per inning with a 3.59 ERA in 94+ innings. He owns an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, is averaging 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and is second in the league with 77 relief strikeouts. While Betances has arguably been the best reliever in baseball the past three years, he has never been the full-time closer, which many people believe is a very different deal. They have made a significant upgrade and are telling the rest of the AL that they expect to win this year.

MIAMI - Left-handed pitcher Zach Duke was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Charlie Tilson.

Betances did not pitch Sunday, so he's likely to debut as the Yanks' closer during the four-game, home-and-home Subway Series against the Mets beginning tonight at Citi Field.

Francona would not say what role Miller would fill, but closer Cody Allen (2-4, 2.58 ERA, 20 saves in 22 opportunities) has already said he is open to a change.

Clippard was drafted by the Yankees in 2003, made six starts as a rookie in 2007 and then was traded to Washington. According to sources LUCROY wanted the 2017 year option removed, that could have made him a free agent this season, The Indians said no According to United States of America today. Cleveland, on the other hand, is betting their future with the hope of winning today.


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