LADY AT THE BAT: Re-Examining The Miller Trade During His Postseason Success

Monday, October 17, 2016

Re-Examining The Miller Trade During His Postseason Success

Former Yankees setup man/closer Andrew Miller is having a postseason for the ages. Through four games against the Red Sox and the Blue Jays, his record with Cleveland is 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 17 K in 7.2 IP.

To recap what led to his postseason glory, Miller was traded to Cleveland on July 31st, for minor leaguers JP Feyereisen, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and Ben Heller. And there, my friends, lies the rub.

As a proven Major Leaguer, Miller paid dividends for Cleveland right away, and will continue to do so for the next two seasons. As for the Yankees, they have seen only Heller take the field in pinstripes, and not very successfully at that. Though Frazier could make an appearance at some point in 2017, it will probably be 2018 or later before the Yankees see any solid returns from the trade--if they see them at all.

This sounds depressing for Yankee fans, until you think about GM Brian Cashman's trade history. If there is one thing Cashman is good at, it's making trades. Just take a look at his starting middle infield for the perfect example. 

Then again, part of the reason for this year's trade deadline sale was that the team hadn't drafted well in the recent past. This inability to spot talented prospects could rear its ugly head if the ones they acquired at the deadline don't pan out. 

If, indeed, they don't pan out, the "what if" game will be very popular. Heck, it's very popular right now. "The Yankees would have made the playoffs if they'd kept Miller and/or Aroldis Chapman," is the angry cry spilling out of Yankees Universe from all its openings. Who knows if it's true? I'd be more inclined to say that it's false, especially when you look at the team's staring pitching. Best case scenario: They would lose the Wild Card Game or lose the ALDS 3-0. 

They would likely be in the same position in 2017 as well. Obviously, it will be better to be in that position with top prospects on the come, rather than having expiring contracts and a depleted farm system.

I wish Andrew Miller well for the rest of the postseason, and I wish for nothing but success for that now, far from depleted, Yankees farm system.

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