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.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies “are quietly trying to hammer out” a contract extension with J.T. Realmuto. He says it may take some time to be done — nothing is imminent — but that the sides are working on it.
Realmuto still has one final year of arbitration, and he’s likely to get $10 million or more for 2020 if nothing is done. It sounds as though he and the Phillies are both eager to cement a long term pact, however, that’ll keep him from hitting the free agent market next winter. Salisbury says the deal, once reached, could be for 4-5 years and $20+ million per season. He says an extension would likely not kick in until 2021. He and the club would agree to a separate one-year deal to cover 2020.
Realmuto, who is considered by most to be the top all-around catcher in the game at the moment, will turn 29 before the beginning of the 2020 season. He hit .275/.328/.493 with 25 homers and 83 driven in this past season, winning the Silver Slugger Award and a Gold Glove.