The Chicago Cubs are still the best team in baseball after the first two months of the season. However, the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Cubs are not finished improving their roster and they are interested in acquiring Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees.
Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Cubs and Yankees could make a deal before the trade deadline. It is mentioned that Miller was once acquired by Theo Epstein back when he was the Boston Red Sox general manager.
The Cubs have a legitimate shot at winning their first World Series since 1908 and end the Curse of the Billy Goat. They have a loaded lineup even without Kyle Schwarber, who is out for the season due to a knee injury.
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Chicago also has a great rotation headed by ace Jake Arrieta and their bullpen is anchored by closer Hector Rondon. Nonetheless, the Cubs will look to improve their staff as they have already inked veteran closer Joe Nathan to a deal last week.
If they acquired Miller, the Cubs will have one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball. He won the AL Reliever of the Year Award last season when he recorded a 2.04 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched with 36 saves.
This season, the 31-year-old was demoted to being the setup man because the Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. However, he is still putting ridiculous numbers for New York in his newfound role.
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In 21 games this year, Miller has a 0.87 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched with 38 strikeouts and only walking one batter. The Yankees are likely to deal him before the deadline as they try to get the most out of his performance and acquire prospects to build up their farm system.
On the other hand, the Cubs are stocked with many prospects that could persuade New York to make a deal. Dan Schmelzer of FanSided noted that Miller will likely get the setup man role if the Cubs do acquire him.
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