Potential Landing Spots for Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran

As the trade deadline draws close, the New York Yankees sit at 52-50, fourth in the AL East. GM Brian Cashman recently traded star closer Aroldis Chapman for top prospect Gleyber Torres. Although the trade seemingly signals a fire sale at the deadline, New York has consistently said they will not surrender their season. The Yankees are only six games removed from the competitive AL East, but are even closer at four and a half games from a wildcard spot. The Bronx Bombers’ winning tradition and pride are holding them back from a total rebuild of their team. The team currently has star prospects Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and Domingo Acevedo but they are relatively weak as an overall farm system. Veterans Carlos Beltran and Andrew Miller are great trade chips that the Yankees can use to bolster their farm system and make it great. However, if the Yankees still have faith in winning a 28th championship, Beltran and Miller will be invaluable to their team. Beltran is having a very good year offensively and is basically carrying the Yankees offense. Miller is one of baseball’s most dominant relievers and is currently the closer for the Yankees. In a market yearning for southpaw relievers, Miller will have immense trade value. In addition to the good market, Miller is under team control until 2019, making him a desirable long-term target. If the Yankees decide to trade away Miller and Beltran in order to preserve and improve their future, here are some trade possibilities for both veteran stars.

San Francisco Giants receive:

Andrew Miller, RP
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jacob Lindgren, SP

New York Yankees receive:

Phil Bickford, SP
Tyler Beede, SP
Lucius Fox, SS

San Francisco needs offensive help desperately, and Beltran provides a powerful bat to a struggling lineup. Andrew Miller is the bullpen piece that will make San Francisco dominant again, in similar fashion to how the Cubs acquired closer Aroldis Chapman in an effort to revive their bullpen at the expense of top prospects. The Yankees receive two of baseball’s best young starters. Beede and Bickford would be major components for a young Yankees rotation. New York’s rotation would consist of Severino, Bickford, Beede, Kaprielian and Cessa; all great pitching prospects. Lucius Fox would be New York’s third shortstop in their farm system. Mateo and Torres will likely stay on the team, but Fox might be used as trade bait to acquire more prospects to enhance New York’s minor league system. Regardless if he plays for the Yankees or not, Fox will prove to be a valuable asset for the Yankees.

Washington Nationals receive:
Andrew Miller, RP
Chad Greene, SP

New York Yankees receive:
Lucas Giolito, SP

Recently, rumors appeared saying Washington offered Giolito for Miller straight up, and New York declined. Although Washington just acquired Mark Melancon, having Miller as his setup man makes hitter everywhere tremble in fear. The initial offer of Giolito for only Miller sounds absurd, so adding Chad Greene, a solid three or four starter, balances the trade more evenly. Obviously, Giolito is the best pitching prospect in baseball, if not the best prospect in baseball. However, Washington needs to win now, while they still can. The division rival New York Mets are struggling and Washington’s only opposition in the NL East is Miami. The trade harms Washington in the future, but if they can win in 2016, maybe last year’s poor performance after a heavily hyped offseason. Overall the trade is very risky for Washington, but it can be a risk worth taking if the Nationals get two shutout innings from Melancon and Miller.

Boston Red Sox receive:

Andrew Miller, RP
Michael Pineda, SP
Carlos Beltran, OF

New York Yankees receive:

Rafael Devers, 3B
Henry Owens, SP

Interdivisional trades never seem to work, but this is an intriguing trade for both teams. Boston is in an incredibly tight race with the Orioles and Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. This trade is a very “win now” approach to the season, but Boston’s massive farm system allows them to make this risky move. Ex-Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller is returning to a decent bullpen, but one that needs help. Pineda offers Boston a boom-or-bust player who has been very good recently and could provide some rotational support. Beltran isn’t needed in Boston, but he would certainly be welcomed. Beltran would take pressure off of the young outfielders and even offer Big Papi some needed relief. Beltran would be a very good offensive addition. Boston does lose top prospect Rafael Devers, but they cannot worry when their farm system is so deep and the Red Sox will receive more ammunition for their 2016 playoffs push. Owens is basically a prospect still, but he is between being a major league pitcher and a minor leaguer. Owens will have more opportunity to develop with New York as they would be taking a slower approach to winning by selling.

Texas Rangers receive:
Brian McCann, C
Andrew Miller, RP
Ben Gamel, OF
Jordan Montgomery, SP

New York Yankees receive:
Joey Gallo, 3B/1B/OF
Luis Ortiz, SP
Cash Considerations

Texas has certainly fallen off track after the all star break, and now the Astros are only five games behind the Rangers. Although Gallo is currently playing for Texas, he isn’t phenomenal yet. Robinson Chirinos at catcher is not very good, and McCann will certainly be an upgrade. Miller improves a relatively rocky bullpen, immediately making Texas a contender for the championship. Gamel is a middle tier prospect with some upside for Texas. Gallo has the potential and the talents to be a superstar. Gallo is close to being MLB ready, but the Rangers don’t need him as much as they do bullpen help and a good starting catcher. Losing Ortiz will also sting the Rangers, but Montgomery is a decent prospect who adds an arm to the Rangers’ farm system.

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