Yankees Score Still More Talent for Andrew Miller
The New York Yankees traded reliever Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians for four prospects in a deal that looks as lucrative for the Bombers as the Aroldis Chapman trade to the Cubs. And the Yanks still have Dellin Betances to be their new closer.
Clint Frazier is obviously the key piece in this deal. He was the fifth pick of the 2013 draft, and at age 21, his .825 OPS was the 9th best in the AA Eastern League more than half way through the 2016 season.
In addition to Frazier, the Yankees obtained another 1st round draft pick in Justus Sheffield and two late-round draft picks in Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen, who have developed into legitimate high-minors prospects.
As with the Aroldis Chapman trade, it’s an exceptional haul for a relief pitcher, even one as good as Andrew Miller. However, the Yankees did turn around and trade prospect Jose Campos for veteran Tyler Clippard, presumably so their 2016 bullpen doesn’t completely fall apart.
If the Yankees were going to walk away from competing for the post-season in 2016, they at least set themselves up future success with all the terrific young talent they obtained in these two trade-deadline moves.