Yankees officially sign Miller

The Yankees have won the Andrew Miller sweepstakes, signing the left-handed reliever to a four-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $36 million, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Miller’s apparent signing means the David Robertson era in New York is all but over. Robertson did a respectable job taking over for Mariano Rivera as the team’s closer this past season, but the Yanks were hesitant to extend the record-high offer that Robertson is reportedly seeking.

The Yankees also stand to essentially gain a draft pick by signing Miller instead of re-signing Robertson. As a result Robertson turning down the Yankees’ $15.3 million qualifying offer, the Yanks will receive a compensatory draft pick from the team that ultimately signs Robertson. New York did not need to surrender a draft pick in signing Miller.

Miller’s arrival will likely slide Dellin Betances into the closer’s role. Betances turned in a dominant 1.40 ERA over 70 outings this past season en route to finishing third in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

— Paul Casella

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