Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees more likely to sign Miller than Robertson


There’s no question David Robertson is going to get a four-year deal in the free agent market: it just won’t be from the New York Yankees. However, an interesting twist is the Yankees appear interested in signing Miller to a four year deal, despite Miller not being qualified for the closer position.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports  also reported it’s possible Robertson makes more money than Jonathan Papelbon after effortlessly replacing Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer in 2014.

More from Heyman:

While Miller is the same age as Robertson (29) and both are amazing strikeout artists (Miller averaged 14.9 Ks per nine innings, Robertson 13.4), Miller isn’t a closer, and didn’t do his own superb work last year in New York. It seems, though, that the Yankees’ thought process is a matter of simple economics.

Robertson is likely to ultimately be in the $12 million to $14 million range while Miller is likely to wind up in the $8 million to $11 million range, making a four-year deal perhaps more palatable to the Yankees. On top of that, while Robertson has a draft choice attached to him by virtue of him turning down the Yankees’ $15.3-million qualifying offer, Miller does not.

The two pitchers — who happened to run into each other at the Orlando, Fla. Players Association meeting on Monday — have a few other obvious differences, starting with the fact that Robertson is a righty and Miller’s a lefty. But one thing for both is that a fair amount of the action at the moment seems to be in the AL East.

The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t out of the Robertson sweepstakes, although they’re focusing on other matters at the moment; they signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year contract and traded for Josh Donaldson. The Houston Astros are in the Robertson sweepstakes as well, and they’re the team rumored to have given Robertson the three-year, $39 Million contract offer.

The Yankees haven’t ruled out the option of signing both Miller and Robertson, but Robertson would have to lower his asking price to do so. If the Yankees do sign both Miller and Robertson, they have Dellin Betances in the pen which could create the Yankees own version of the “Three Headed Monster”.

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7 Responses to Hot Stove Rumor: Yankees more likely to sign Miller than Robertson

  1. Greg says:

    Go for the "three headed monster"!!!!

  2. tom says:

    8m to lefty set up is good for no more than 2/3 inning over 12m to a full time closer? It is the dumbest strategy ever.

  3. pisano says:

    I hope they get Miller instead of Robertson, With Miller from the leftside, and Betances from the rightside, that's a pretty good duo. I think Robertson priced himself off the Yankees, at least I hope so.

  4. tommy cassella says:

    if the yanks get rid of robertson. i will really be pissed.

  5. Walt Lee says:

    Do it Yanks and then go trade for a good shortstop!

  6. John says:

    I find it hard to believe that the Yanks don't want to go 4 years for the number 1 or 2 best reliever in baseball when they sign guys like Brendan Ryan for 3 years. Then throw ten years at Arod and 3 at Beltran. No nonsense about him only being a closer for one year when Miller and Betances have never closed. The guy has been a true home grown Yankee and a good soldier and this is how they are going to treat him.

    • hotdog says:

      maybe Robertson should want to give a slight hometown discount to stay with the team that brought him up…no one owes anything to anyone…i'd like to see Robertson stay for the same reasons but sentimentality could be a dangerous thing in the hands of a GM…i'm not sure that Robertson will be a #1 or #2 closer in the majors…he had a good year in 2014 but not great and his era was a full point above his previous year as a setup man for Mo…like I've said here before, Robertson would be my favorite to close in 2015 but if I'm crunching numbers, I might not want to pay the man like he's an elite close just yet…

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