The Orioles were never going to get to keep Andrew Miller, but it still sucks to see him head to a division rival. Friday afternoon brought some bad news on that front as Jack Curry from the YES Network reported that Miller has agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees.
That's going to be a heck of a back end of the bullpen between Miller and Dellin Betances. No matter which is deployed in what role, two pitchers who had simply outstanding 2014 seasons will be available for Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Dan Duquette told fans at an event just last night that signing a reliever to that contract would not make sense for this market. Committing to a reliever for four years at $9 million per year on average is a lot. As great as Miller was in 2014, it's the only season in his career where he has ever done so well. He was just so good and so many teams with money needed a reliever that the O's were priced out almost before they even started.
Now, we're left hoping that Eduardo Rodriguez, whom was traded to Boston for Miller, doesn't become a four-time Cy Young winner for the Red Sox.