Andrew Miller Reportedly Traded to Cleveland Indians

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller (48) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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New York Yankees left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller is a valued target for pitching-hungry teams with the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, and it appears the Yankees have found the right deal to move him.

Continue for updates.


Indians Trade for Miller

Sunday, July 31

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the Cleveland Indians landed Miller. ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported the "Yankees [are] expected to get Indians prospects [Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield] and others in the trade."


Nationals Interested in Miller

Friday, July 29

Jon Morosi of MLB Network, citing "sources who have spoken" with the Washington Nationals, "believe they would trade Lucas Giolito" for Andrew Miller in a one-for-one deal. However, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the Yankees were not interested in that deal.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported on July 14 the Nationals were interested in Miller. The bullpen is one of Washington’s strengths (tops in baseball in bullpen ERA), but Miller would give it another formidable option.


Miller Appeared Set to Stay in Bronx After Chapman Trade

Miller has been the subject of trade rumors for much of July, and two of the top National League contenders have been on the list of pursuers.

He has been in the league since 2006 and pitched for the Detroit Tigers, the then-Florida Marlins, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles before joining New York for the 2015 campaign.

He appeared to have turned a corner in pinstripes and is well on his way to posting an ERA of sub-2.00 for the first time in his career in 2016:

Andrew Miller's Career Stats
SeasonTeamInningsERAWHIPStrikeouts
2006Detroit Tigers10.16.101.746
2007Detroit Tigers64.05.631.7556
2008Florida Marlins107.15.871.6489
2009Florida Marlins80.04.841.6059
2010Florida Marlins32.28.542.3628
2011Boston Red Sox65.05.541.8250
2012Boston Red Sox40.13.351.1951
2013Boston Red Sox30.22.641.3748
2014Boston Red Sox/Baltimore Orioles62.12.020.80103
2015New York Yankees61.22.040.86100
2016New York Yankees42.11.490.7872
Stats as of Saturday

As if Miller's resurgence in the Bronx wasn’t enough, he will not be an unrestricted free agent until 2019, per Spotrac

That extended team control may have given New York more leverage in trade discussions, and Miller is 31 years old. 

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