Five Burning Questions for the New York Yankees this Offseason

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5.) Is Andrew Miller really on the block?

The eighth and ninth inning in 2015 often resulted in a lot of empty trips back to the dugout for Yankees opponents. Andrew Miller registered 14.6 strikeouts per nine as the closer, while Dellin Betances was close behind in the setup role with an equally whifftastic 14.0 strikeouts per nine. The pair formed the most prolific relief strikeout duo in league history. The lefty-righty combination of Miller and Betances was nearly unhittable, and games against New York were essentially over after seven innings.

Miller just wrapped up the first year of a four-year contract, but already the Yankees are considering a trade of their closer. Miller is owed $9 million per year over the next three seasons, which looks like a bargain considering the fact that the best closers in the league approach $12 million in yearly salary. The Yankees were able to get Miller on a lesser deal because he had never closed before the 2015 season. The combination of Miller’s relatively low salary and three more years of control make him very valuable on the trade market. After Aroldis Chapman goes, Miller is the most attractive elite closer who could potentially get moved.

The Yankees should hold onto Miller for now. With many question marks in the rotation, even with an addition of an ace like Johnny Cueto or Jordan Zimmermann, the Yankees need to continue relying on the best bullpen combo in the league. With Betances and Miller closing out the last two innings of most victories, the Yankees are able to cover up many weaknesses in their rotation and the front end of their bullpen. At this point, the Yankees are most likely only putting Miller’s name out there to see if someone blows them away with a blockbuster package.

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  1. mick

    The Yankees have a pretty good outfielder sitting on the bench. It’s time to give Slade Heathcott a look, a full season, and trade Brett Gardner, plus others, for a rotation ace.

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  2. Michael Bradbury

    Nicely written (for an outsider) but you don’t know the in’s and out’s of this team. Evoldi was phenomenal before he got hurt. Better and better as the season went on and our ace at the time he went down. Hurt us a lot. He’s going to be very good.
    As is Severino. ;) Pineda is up and down but a good year for his first full season after major arm surgery. He could easily be an ace. As could Severino (probably) as could Evoldi. As could Tanaka. Fact is, next year this group could put it together and be one of the top rotations in baseball.
    You’re skeptical the Yanks will sit on their hands but you haven’t been paying close attention, including last season when we were in 1st place but with obvious needs that ended up killing us.
    And they didn’t trade for expensive aging stars……………………………….. ;)

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  3. Les Schraeder

    I am just glad that you are a writer and not the Yankee G.M. Why push the panic button at this point in time? You call them penny pinchers and I say that they are merely using fiscal responsibility in restructuring their team. They should trade Gardner although they are not likely to get much for him at this point. After the contracts of Beltran and Teixeira expire at the end of next year they will have a few more options to address their weaknesses. The next year both C.C. and A-Rod drop off and that is when the team will flex their financial might. Until then lets just support what new direction that the team is headed.

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