So logically we needed to do what we had to do with Aroldis Chapman. In that trade we got Adam Warren back and Gleyber Torrres became a Yankee. OK, I love it.
Plus, "God willing" as Chapman says, maybe he comes back to the Bronx next year and continues to close for us. I loved him in the Bronx, but again... we did what we needed to do.
Now the Yankees appear to be winning, and when that happens, you kind of teeter on the "do we become sellers?" or "don't we". I mean, the trade deadline is Monday. The Yankees are 6 games out of first place in the AL East and in the Wild Card, we're 3.5 back. This is hardly a time to give up our closer, don't you think?
John Harper is all over this. In the New York Daily News he writes:
"Which is why GM Brian Cashman no doubt continues to hope that the Nationals will take a similar of view Andrew Miller as a vital piece in their championship puzzle, and trade the Yankees one of their promising young starting pitchers, Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez.
(In Photo: Reynaldo Lopez)
The Nationals, after all, have a starting rotation that is plenty good enough to win it all this season — and probably for years to come. They locked up Stephen Strasburg with that in mind, pairing him with Max Scherzer for a 1-2 punch to match up with anyone in baseball. And in Tanner Roark and Joe Ross they have two more very good starters that they control for another three and five years, respectively. The problem for them is they have bullpen issues..."
Hmm... bullpen issues, and THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Look, the Yankees are winning, and if we flip our second closer, the chances of that diminishes. I firmly believe that. Now yes, I trust Dellin Betances, but I'm not 100% sure we can get to him if we needed to.
Let me be clear. Betances will be the closer of the Yankees future. He paid his dues, he works his tail off, but Girardi just got finished talking about how D-Bet's over worked. So now we're just gonna flip Miller and make him the closer, no doubt pitching almost every single day? Who else can do it... Chad Green? No Thanks.
Trading Miller at this moment is foolish in my opinion, unless the return is huge. But with the trade deadline coming up... we'll just have to see.