The Chicago Cubs has been linked with Andrew Miller for several months now but the New York Yankees are unwilling to trade him if Kyle Schwarber or Javier Baez is not involved. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs’ top priority is still Miller and they could offer a package consisting of prospects such as Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach.
Chicago has lost 13 out of their past 18 games, including an extra-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday where their bullpen issues showed again. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball noted in his report that the Yankees’ Andrew Miller is atop the Cubs’ wish list at the trade deadline.
Heyman added that the Cubs have no intention of trading Kyle Schwarber, who the Yankees reportedly covet. However, Chicago is keen on parting ways with third base prospect Jeimer Candelario. The 22-year-old was playing great at Triple-A with a batting average of .333 in 25 games before getting called up at the start of July.
According to Courtney Schellin of ESPN, another Cubs prospect that could convince the Yankees to trade Miller is first baseman Dan Vogelbach. The 23-year-old has been playing great at Triple-A. He has a batting average of .312 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs in 84 games this season.
Schellin noted that the Yankees need Vogelbach because they have the worst first base production in the majors. Although Greg Bird is ready to play at first next season after his shoulder surgery, New York can use Vogelbach as their designated hitter.
The Cubs has no use for him in the majors with Anthony Rizzo occupying first base and the National League not having a DH. Another player the Cubs can include in the Miller trade besides Candelario and Vogelbach is Jorge Soler, who is currently on the DL.
A trade offer consisting of Candelario, Vogelbach and Soler could be enough to convince the Yankees to part ways with Miller. Some may see it as too much for a relief pitcher, but Miller is arguably the best reliever in the MLB this season.
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