CLEVELAND – The Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees, a trade that signals Cleveland’s seriousness about winning the World Series this year.
We've acquired @a_miller48 from the Yankees.
Andrew is 6-1 w/a 1.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts (!!!!) in 45.1 IP. pic.twitter.com/UCvU2gGjvp
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 31, 2016
Cleveland will send four players, including highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier, to New York in exchange for Miller, one of baseball’s best set-up men. The Indians have been lacking a quality reliever in the seventh and eighth innings, and Miller fills that void.
The Indians are also close to completing a deal for Milwaukee All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. That trade is still pending physicals and Lucroy waiving his no-trade clause.
With a 4 1/2 game lead in the AL Central, the Indians feel these moves can help them win their first World Series since 1948.