New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances said he was shocked after the organization traded closer and LHP Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
"I'm still trying to get over the fact that we traded the best of the best," Betances said, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.
The Yankees dealt Miller, 31, who had a 1.39 ERA, nine saves, 16 holds and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings across 44 outings for the Yankees this season, and received four prospects -- including two of Cleveland's top three -- in return.
Miller, who began a four-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees last season and was under team control for the next two seasons at $9 million per season, thanked the Yankees and their fans for his 1 1/2 years in New York.
I will fondly remember my time as a Yankee. The fans, staff and teammates will never be forgotten. A special experience I am grateful for.- Andrew Miller (@a_miller48) July 31, 2016
Betances, who has a 2.50 ERA, 27 holds and 89 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings across 50 appearances this season, now slides into the closer role after the Yankees traded both Miller and LHP Aroldis Chapman.
"I know obviously it's a different role, but for me, I've just got to go out there and believe in my stuff, trust my stuff and try to get the job done," Betances said. "That's what my mindset's going to be."
The 28-year-old Betances said he would not hesitate to ask Miller questions like he did last season. He also said he learned of the trade via social media at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
"I was very surprised," Betances said. "It's a tough pill to swallow. We lost a true leader and a good friend for me. Somebody that we all kind of lean on, and he helped us the last couple of years. You could say he's been the best relief pitcher in baseball, and that's tough for me. It's tough seeing one of your good friends go."