The San Francisco Giants are reportedly looking at the possibility of striking a deal with the New York Yankees for reliever Andrew Miller, who has been mentioned in numerous MLB trade rumors this season.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal revealed the Giants have internally discussed a plan to make a strong push to acquire Miller from the Yankees. Rosenthal added Miller will be a great fit to the Giants, but they will likely need to give up pitching prospect Tyler Beede to acquire the 31-year-old pitcher from New York.
Beede has been drawing interest on the trade market, as the 23-year-old went 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Richmond. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the Yankees will agree to move Miller to the Giants just for Beede.
Fans who reacted on Rosenthal’s post on Twitter think the Yankees might ask for more assets in return. One of Rosenthal’s followers said the Yankees might not even entertain the idea of trading Miller even if New York fail to improve their chances of making the playoffs this season.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told USA Today that they will consider trading valuable assets if their performance does not improve until August. “If we’re in there, we’ll be trying to add,” he said. “If we’re not good enough, then, it will be the opposite.”
But according to the report, Aroldis Chapman could be the odd man out — not Miller and Dellin Betances. Chapman has nine saves in 12 games this season and has a 2.38 ERA. It will be easier for the Yankees to part ways with him, though, since the 28-year-old reliever will become a free agent after the season.
Miller, who has 42 strikeouts and 1.14 ERA in 23.2 innings, is playing just in the second season of his four-year contract worth $36 million. The Florida native played with in 60 games last season with 100 strikeouts and 2.04 ERA for the Yankees, who acquired Miller during the 2014 free agency period.