Report: Dodgers, Yankees bidding for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller could be closing in on a big payday.

The reliever is reportedly nearing a deal that would be the most lucrative ever for a non-closer, with the Yankees and Dodgers in the mix, according to a report by CBSSports.com. The Red Sox appear to have dropped from the bidding for the moment.

Miller reportedly is seeking a four-year deal worth roughly $40 million. That would easily eclipse the three-year, $18 million contract Jeremey Affeldt signed with the Giants in November 2012, which is the record for a set-up man. Miller could have a contract in hand by the end of the week.

It makes sense for the Dodgers and Yankees to pursue Miller. The left-hander is arguably the top reliever on the free agent market and both clubs have holes to fill in their bullpens and the resources to do so.

Miller is coming off a breakout season in which he had a 2.02 ERA and 103 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings split between the Red Sox and Orioles.

The Dodgers are looking to improve their bullpen, which struggled to get the ball to closer Kenley Jansen last season, particularly in the postseason.

The Yankees are still interested in bringing back free-agent closer David Robertson, but Miller is an attractive option as well.

The Astros are also looking for a closer and have targeted both Miller and Robertson, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert writes.

At the moment, the Yankees appear to be the favorite to land Miller, tweets FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

The team that signs Miller would not have to forfeit a draft pick because he was traded during the season and thus not eligible for a qualifying offer. Robertson turned down a $15.3 million qualifying offer from New York.

–Austin Laymance

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