The Yankees plan on keeping LHP Andrew Miller after they traded for reliever Aroldis Chapman on Monday, GM Brian Cashman said (Dec. 28).
While there have been rumors that the Yankees would trade Miller and make Chapman (or RHP Dellin Betances) their closer for the 2016 season, Cashman said the team's plan was to keep all three relievers, who each ranked in the top 3 in baseball in K/9 last season.
"Again, our intent is to try to keep all parties," Cashman said. "It doesn't preclude us obviously from receiving phone calls or exploring any opportunities that occur as we move forward, because we do have a lot of attractive and movable pieces."
Cashman said he told Miller the Yankees planned on keeping him to create a dynamic back-end of the bullpen.
"I was making him aware that it will feed a lot of speculation that's been around," Cashman said. "I told him our intent is to retain all three players. How it shakes out in the closer role, going forward, that's all for another day."
Miller, who struck out 100 batters and recorded 36 saves with a 2.04 ERA with the Yankees last season, welcomed Chapman to the Bronx over Twitter.
Chapman had a 1.63 ERA and 116 strikeouts with the Reds last season, while Betances struck out 131 batters and had a 1.50 ERA in 74 relief appearances in 2015.
"There's a lot of ground to cover between now and Opening Day, with a lot of this subject matter that's still unresolved," Cashman said. "That's all for another day. I think we are definitely an improved team with this addition to go along with the other pieces in our 'pen."