Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Miller Time for Yankees?

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Miller Time for Yankees?

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SAN DIEGO - A light is burning in the bullpen for David Robertson.

The right-hander could still claim his old job as Yankees closer, though his quest to find top-of-the-market value won't be found in the Bronx. Any chance for a reunion would be more on the club's terms, now that lefty Andrew Miller has been fitted for pinstripes.

A key figure in the AL East champion Orioles bullpen, Miller's role in the Bronx - setup man or closer - remains undefined.

But he wasn't seeking any specific designation during his free- agent negotiations with the Yanks.

"I have no ego. I'm ready to fill whatever role is necessary or fits best for the team," Miller said on a Monday morning conference call. "My goal is to win. If I'm handing the ball off to somebody, whoever that may be, I have no problem with that."

Robertson might yet be that guy for the Yanks, just not for the $50 million over four years he's said to be seeking.

The Astros and Blue Jays might be Robertson's most ardent suitors, though heer isn't said to be enamored with either destination. At the initial day of baseball's winter meetings, Robertson was also linked to interest by the White Sox according to the New York Post.

There's incentive for the Yankees to re-sign Robertson and create a daunting end-game with Miller and right-hander Dellin Betances. But the club gained a measure of negotiating leverage in quickly signing Miller, 29, who took less than top dollar.

Having rejected the Yanks' one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million, Robertson could get a four-year deal from the Yanks, though it's more likely tobe in the $40million-$44 million range.

Miller could have gone to Houston for $40 million over four years, a reported fifth-year option, and a virtual lock on a closer's spot. Instead, he took four years, $36 million and an open- ended role from the Yankees. …

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