CLEVELAND (AP) — Serious about winning it all this season, the Cleveland Indians acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees on Sunday in exchange for four players.
The stunning trade came less than 12 hours after the Indians agreed with Milwaukee on a deal to send Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Cleveland. That swap is still pending.
However, the deal with the Yankees is official as the Indians sent four minor leaguers, including highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier, to New York in exchange for the 31-year-old Miller, one of baseball’s best setup men. The Indians have been lacking a quality lefty in the seventh and eighth innings, and Miller fills that void.
Cleveland had been interested in Miller for weeks, but the club was reluctant to part with any of its top prospects, especially Frazier, a 21-year-old who can hit with power and was recently promoted to Triple-A Columbus.
But with the Indians holding a 4 1/2 game lead in the AL Central over Detroit on Sunday, Indians owner Paul Dolan and president Chris Antonetti felt the time was right to go all in and see if they can win their first World Series since 1948.
“He’s the perfect guy to have and we got him,” Indians closer Cody Allen said before the club’s series finale with Oakland. “It breathes a
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/ohio/story/cleveland-indians-new-york-yankees-mlb-trade-deadline-andrew-miller-073116
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