Although the New York Yankees have been fielding calls on Andrew Miller for the past month, they don’t want to trade him. Why? Because they know he’s one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball and controllable at a reasonable salary through 2018. They also realize this is an opportunity to retool, get younger and most importantly add depth for their long-term plan to contend over the next several years. Miller clearly has the most trade value of any present Yankee who can be dangled for a deal at this year’s trade deadline.
The Yankees would prefer to deal Aroldis Chapman because he’s a free agent at season’s end, but they’ve quickly realized rentals don’t get the same return as they used to, and the return haul for Miller will be much greater because of club control through 2018. So they’ve been listening, framing value and keeping an open mind. In my opinion, it’s only a matter of time before a contending team is willing to overpay and make the Yankees an offer that they can’t refuse.
There are several contending teams who have shown interest in trading for Miller, including the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. So what will the Yankees be looking for in return from these clubs? Here’s my best guess in each case: