According to a conversation with the New York Daily News’ John Harper, the GM is hoping for a Cubs-Indians World Series that would showcase two of this season’s best relievers. Chapman was dealt to the Cubs prior to the 2016 trade deadline, sending Chicago right-hander Adam Warren, infield prospect Gleyber Torres, and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford to New York, while Miller came over in a trade for Cleveland outfielder Clint Frazier and a trifecta of pitching prospects.
Neither the Cubs nor the Indians could have sustained their blistering playoff runs without the dominant performances of the two relievers. Chapman has fired 4 1/3 frames between the Division and Championship Series so far, his 2.08 ERA blemished only by a blown save in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants’ last-minute resurgence. Elsewhere, he’s been flawless, allowing a run, a walk, and striking out nine of 18 batters faced.
Miller, meanwhile, has yet to allow a run during postseason. On the heels of a season that saw his first All-Star nomination and a 1.45 ERA over 74 1/3 innings pitched, Miller has carried the same lights-out performance through the playoffs, permitting three hits and two walks and striking out a staggering total of 17 batters in 7 2/3 frames. No matter where Indians’ manager Terry Francona deployed his right-hander — Miller has covered for the club in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings so far this October — he found a way to work around the opposition.
The reason Cashman is rooting for his ex-relievers to succeed in the playoffs, he told Harper, is because it justifies the high price he demanded for the pair back in July. In his words:
I want the teams that stepped up and made those trades to be rewarded for doing so. […] It would justify the action they took. I have absolutely no regrets about the deals we made — other than being in the position we were in. We did what we had to do, and hopefully everybody wins.