Yankees were outbid on Andrew Miller and still won

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Per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that reliever Andrew Miller had a four-year, $40 million offer on the table from another team [Update: it was the Astros, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney], which prompted the Yankees to bump their offer up from $32 million to $36 million. That was enough to sway Miller to sign with the Yankees earlier today.

The addition of Miller, along with Dellin Betances, gives the Yankees a formidable back of the bullpen. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has a hunch that the Yankees will try to get 140 combined innings out of the two, with both being used interchangeably in the closer’s role. Of course, that would change if the Yankees end up bringing back David Robertson.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.