A week after the New York Yankees traded hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, the Bronx Bombers decided to let go of another star lefty on Sunday morning.
The Yankees traded reliever Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for four players. Miller, 31, is 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA, 77 K’s and nine saves in 45 1/3 innings this season.
The four-player package the Yankees received includes outfielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield. Frazier and Sheffield are the Indians’ No.1 and No.5. prospects, respectively.
Minor league relievers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen were also acquired by the Yankees in the trade.
This trade leaves 28-year-old right-hander Dellin Betances , who made his third straight All-Star appearance, as the only remaining reliever from what was once a three-headed monster in the Yankees’ bullpen. Betances is 2-4 with a 2.50 ERA, 89 K’s and 15 walks in 50 1/3 innings pitched this season.
According to multiple sources around the MLB, Betances, who has had much success at middle reliever, will assume the closer role because of the Yankees’ newfound inexperience in the bullpen. Betances has 27 holds but has blown all three of his save opportunities in 2016.
In an attempt to compensate for their inexperience in the bullpen, the Yankees traded Triple-A prospect Vicente Campos to the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Tyler Clippard. Clippard, 31, is 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season.
Clippard was originally drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 draft and will assume a setup role. He has one save and 13 holds in 2016.