Miller, as expected, will assume the closer's role following the team's trade of Aroldis Chapman, Newsday reports. Miller saved 36 games last year in his first season in a full-time closer capacity and logged seven saves at the beginning of 2016 before being bumped back to a setup role. He figures to be one of the league's top ninth-inning options, as the lefty has a terrific 1.45 ERA and 15.4 K/9 over 42 appearances.
The Yankees are reportedly close to dealing Aroldis Chapman, ABC News reports. If that happened Miller would almost certainly be named the closer again. Miller is owned already in most leagues, but if you have him, you can probably count on a nice boost in saves down the stretch. l
Miller has given up just three earned runs since his last save on June 7. Since then, Miller has assumed a pretty firm set-up role behind closer Aroldis Chapman. In his 15.2 innings pitched since that save, Miller has allowed only four walks while striking out 24. His ERA now sits at a mere 1.31 along with a 0.73 WHIP which ranks third best among relievers with at least 30-plus appearances.
Miller picked up his seventh save of the season Tuesday against the Angels. He allowed one hit and struck out one while preserving a three-run lead. Despite giving way to Aroldis Chapman as the team's closer, Miller has been able to rack up great numbers in 2016. Aside from his seven saves, the southpaw has picked up three wins and eight holds while logging a 15:0 K:BB over 25.2 innings.
Miller pitched a clean eighth inning to earn his fourth hold of the season Thursday against the A's. Now that Aroldis Chapman has returned (suspension) as the closer, Miller's value has certainly taken a hit. However, he is likely to make more appearances in his new role, pick up a ton of holds and notch a few saves when Chapman needs rest. The left-hander is still a valuable asset in a variety of formats, especially those that reward holds.