Miami has expressed interest in adding a closer this winter, but Andrew Miller might not be a realistic target.
New York acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds last week, and while the Yankees have publicly expressed interest in keeping Miller on the roster, they could be shopping him like they were earlier this off-season.
Miller, who is familiar with the Marlins organization, could be an ideal additional to a bullpen unit that was, for the most part, consistent last season. However, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Yankees are hoping to receive starting pitching a deal involving Miller.
Teams like Houston and Toronto have inquired about Miller, but the Yankees want back a young top-of-the-rotation starter, and that doesn’t appear to be available to them.
If the Marlins had a notable amount of starting pitching depth, a deal might have been able to get done. But since the Marlins, like the Yankees, are hoping to add to their starting rotation this winter, it is unlikely the Marlins are able to land Miller.
Jose Fernandez has consistently been mentioned in trade talks over the last few weeks, but it appears the Marlins are likely to keep Fernandez in the front of their rotation heading into 2016. While Fernandez is no longer expected to be moved, a deal for Miller that involves Marcell Ozuna and either Adam Conley or Justin Nicolino could be explored.
Miami does not have additional outfield depth, though, and moving Ozuna would leave the Marlins without a starting outfielder.
As Cafardo points out, the Yankees will likely keep Miller, but he is shopped again, the Marlins should at least express some interest.
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.
Miller would likely improve Miami's bullpen significantly, but the chances of a deal getting done if the Yankees want starting pitching in return are slim.