Andrew Miller would look great in Giants orange and black. It’s true, but it doesn’t mean it’s likely to happen.
Every day, the odds drop that the New York Yankees will deal the left-handed reliever who has struck out 15.2 batters per nine innings this season, has the second-best xFIP among relievers in the majors and is under a team-friendly contract for two more years.
There are several reasons the Evil Empire will be reluctant to deal an elite talent like Miller. Which is why it’s so funny that acquiring Miller is portrayed as a likely, or even attainable, goal.
The Giants would have to gut their farm system to land someone so special. That would be a complete 180 from what made them the MLB’s dynasty of the 2010s. (Adding Miller’s teammate, Aroldis Chapman, someone who was suspended earlier this year for an alleged domestic violence incident that included angrily firing a gun into a wall, also feels out of character.)
Executive Vice President Brian Sabean told reporters on Wednesday that he needs to add a “meaningful” piece and that “it can’t just be another body.” Many took his comments to be hints that he’s targeting Miller or Chapman as the Giants kick off a three-game series today at Yankee Stadium.
The odds of completing a deal remain long as other teams (with more to offer) vie for Miller, and there’s no assurance Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been authorized to sell. After all, the team is still owned by the Steinbrenners.
Don’t let the delayed June Swoon fool you: This Giants team as currently constructed is solid. They can tinker and retool by adding low-cost, low-risk players as they have in years past and make a serious run at another World Series ring. (And the news that Dodgers superstud Clayton Kershaw could miss the remainder of the season gives them that much more breathing room, allowing them to avoid selling the farm.)
This year has represented a passing of the torch of sorts. Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan will be expected to play contributing roles, while Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt have emerged as the new cornerstones of the organization. The constants are Buster Posey and a first-rate starting rotation.
The team is experiencing its growing pains right before the deadline, but there are arms available — whether they be from the Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies or possibly even the defending champion Kansas City Royals — that would allow the Giants to stay true to what’s made them the team of the decade.
The Even Year dream remains, regardless of what that panicked voice in your head is saying.