George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Cubs had scouts in attendance at Yankee Stadium over the weekend to scout relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees, who enter play Monday at 37-37 in fourth place, could move some players by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, and that includes any of its deadly trio of relievers.
Chapman has 15 saves with a 2.70 ERA and a 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He’s eligible for free agency after the season.
Andrew Miller has seven saves with a 1.10 ERA and a 60/3 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He is under contract for $9 million per season through 2018.
Dellin Betances has a 2.97 ERA and a 66/8 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He will enter his first year of arbitration eligibility after this season.
The Cubs are no slouches when it comes to the bullpen — its aggregate reliever ERA of 3.64 is fifth-best in the National League — but it couldn’t hurt a seriously competitive team to add an impact reliever. The Royals’ recent success, which includes one AL pennant and one championship in the last two years, is owed in part to its lights out bullpen. As a result, many teams are mimicking the focus on the back end of the bullpen, which is great for teams like the Yankees who have it in spades.