The Chicago Cubs still have the best record best record in baseball and they continue to look for a reliever. According to the latest MLB rumors, Andrew Miller is still their primary target but the New York Yankees would want catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber in return.
At 51-27, the Cubs are MLB’s best but the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals are close behind. If ever they have a weakness that needs to be addressed, it is their bullpen and they have been linked with the Yankees’ trio of Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Dellin Betances.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees know that Miller will have lot suitors and they would want great talent for him. It is noted that if the Cubs trades for the 31-year-old reliever, New York will demand slugger Kyle Schwarber.
This could be a discussion killer for Chicago since Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentioned in his report that the Cubs are refusing to trade Schwarber. Theo Epstein and company love the 23-year-old left-handed hitter too much to trade him, even if it is for arguably the best reliever in baseball this season.
“I checked to see if they would do a Miller-for-Kyle Schwarber deal. They wouldn’t. Their love for Schwarber is just too great. They reasoned that the Mets wouldn’t trade Michael Conforto for Miller, and they think Schwarber is a better hitter,” Sherman wrote.
On the other hand, Miller is having a great season in New York as he has a record of 5-0 in 33 games. He has an ERA of 1.34 in 33.2 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts and just three walks.
It is still difficult to know if the Cubs will give in to the Yankees’ demand. Miller is the best option among the Yankees trio because Chapman is going to be a free agent while Betances is inconsistent. Other relievers on the trade market include Sean Doolittle of the Oakland Athletics, Drew Storen of the Toronto Blue Jays and Fernando Abad of the Minnesota Twins.
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