With the four-year deal that the Yankees signed him to in 2014 having expired, LHP Andrew Miller is now on the open market once again. Reports came out Sunday night that there appears to be mutual interest between the two parties.
Source: There’s mutual interest on a reunion between Andrew Miller & the #Yankees, but Miller currently looking for more than New York wants to offer.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) November 12, 2018
The Yankees and Mets have both expressed interest in free agent Andrew Miller https://t.co/EqL5TS7Ddv pic.twitter.com/QB8RYUzw69
— SNY (@SNYtv) November 7, 2018
The former Yankee posted a down year in 2018, pitching to a 4.24 ERA in an injury-riddled 37 inning season. In his one and a half seasons in pinstripes, Miller had a 1.77 ERA in 107 innings, earning him a spot on the 2016 AL All-Star team.
Miller was absolute lights out for the Yankees before being dealt to the Cleveland Indians at the 2016 trade deadline in a deal that brought Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield to the Bronx.
With RHP David Robertson and LHP Zach Britton now both free agents, it’s fair to say the Yankees will be interested in at least one of the three relievers. Miller will likely be the cheaper alternative to resigning Britton as a late-inning left-handed arm. However, he was not as effective as Britton was in 2018 and is also reaching the later stages of his career.
MLBTradeRumors.com projects Miller to sign for around 3-years/$27 million. If the Yankees get the healthy, elite Miller, then that contract could be the steal of the offseason. However, it will all depend on how the market plays out and if the Yankees feel like they could reunite with Miller on a bargain.