Yankees in “serious pursuit” of Andrew Miller

The Yankees are in “serious pursuit” of left-hander Andrew Miller, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, who says that the pitcher’s healthy market may necessitate a four-year contract offer.

The report could suggest that the Yankees are stepping back in their hopes to re-sign closer David Robertson, who turned down a qualifying offer from the team last month and is said to be in the market for a deal approaching four years and $50 million.

Miller, 29, was a combined 5-5 with a 2.02 ERA in 73 appearances this past season for the Red Sox and Orioles, striking out 103 with 17 walks and 33 hits in 62 1/3 innings. With Baltimore, he posted a 1.35 ERA in 23 appearances, striking out 34 and walking four.

Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told the Boston Globe that his client was nearing a decision. The Red Sox are also said to be interested in Miller, who was traded by Boston to Baltimore on July 31.

The bullpen was a strength for the Yankees this past year, with All-Star Dellin Betances setting up for Robertson, who converted 39 of 44 save chances in his first season taking over Mariano Rivera’s old role.

– Bryan Hoch

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