The Yankees told reliever Andrew Miller that they would trade him if an offer blew them away, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported on Monday. The 44-44 Yankees still haven’t committed to selling, but with the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, they will have to commit either way at some point.
Miller, 31, is earning $9 million this season as well as in each of the next two seasons. The lefty has a 1.37 ERA with a 69/6 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He’s an All-Star this season for the first time in his 11-year career.
The Yankees are also reportedly willing to trade Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.