The movement of one closer the Marlins expressed interest in might result in the club exploring other options.
New York acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for four minor league players Monday afternoon. As a result, the Yankees might be open to moving Andrew Miller, and the Marlins should be interested.
While the Marlins could consider their options, adding Miller might not be among them. At this point, the Yankees plan on keeping Miller, Chapman and Dellin Betances in the back of their bullpen, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post:
Cashman called Miller, and said Miller told him he would do any job to help #Yankees win— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 28, 2015
Although the Yankees could keep Miller, there remains a chance he is moved. Multiple clubs reportedly expressed interest in him at the Winter Meetings and at one point earlier this off-season it appeared the veteran left-handed reliever was being shopped.
If there is a chance the Yankees moved him, the Marlins should at least determine what it would take to acquire Miller. Miami has been focused on adding starting pitching to this point this winter but has also been rumored to be considering upgrading the back end of its bullpen.
After trading Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos closed games for the Marlins. While Ramos pitched well, he could still be best suited for the seventh or eighth inning.
Ramos, 29, pitched to a 2.30 ERA and 3.01 FIP over 70.1 innings while saving 32 contests. He had command trouble early in his career, but despite a few mid-summer struggles, Ramos was successful as he adjusted to pitching in the ninth inning last season.
When he was not closing games, however, Ramos was just as efficient. With Cishek pitching the ninth inning throughout 2014, Ramos still pitched to a 2.11 ERA and 3.21 FIP. He has proven to be versatile and the Marlins should take advantage of that.
Chapman brings uncertainty to New York, since there is a chance of some variation of a consequence as a result of a domestic violence charge. The Marlins once expressed interest in Chapman, but even before news of the charges was made public it appeared a deal was unrealistic because of Cincinnati's asking price.
Miller, 30, had a notable amount of success with the Yankees last season, pitching to a 1.90 ERA and 2.16 FIP over 61.2 innings. He would give the Marlins another lefty to complement Mike Dunn and might not be too costly in terms of prospects.
There is a good chance the Yankees keep three of the top bullpen arms in baseball together. But if Miller becomes available, the Marlins should at least express some interest.