According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the San Francisco Giants brass has internally discussed trading for New York Yankees southpaw reliever Andrew Miller.
Despite winning the 2015 Mariano Rivera award as the American League’s best reliever last season, Andrew Miller has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the winter, and as the Yankees slip further and further down the AL East Standings, his name continues to surface throughout the rumor mill.
Sitting atop the NL West at 35-23, the San Francisco Giants can certainly use a shut-down reliever like Andrew Miller to compliment their mediocre pitching staff. Not only will he help preserve late leads and lessen the work load for Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto atop the Giants rotation, but a guy like Miller will boost the Giants from a playoff contender to World Series favorites.
Also, Miller is in just the second year of his four-year $36 MM deal, so he comes with two and half seasons of team control and significant post-season pitching experience.
As Rosenthal noted, if the Giants are serious about pursuing Andrew Miller, the package will likely need to include top pitching prospect Tyler Beede.
Beede, 23, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays 21st overall in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, but elected to pitch at Vanderbilt instead of signing out of high school. He was later selected by the San Francisco Giants 14th overall in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft.
This season the Worcester, MA right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 10 starts at Double-A for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The Yankees need quality controlled starting pitching, and the Giants need a stud to anchor their ‘pen, so it’s no surprise to see the Giants internally discussing the possibility.
Other teams that are rumored to be interested in Andrew Miller include the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates.