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.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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