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Do It Cashman/Rizzo: Strasburg For Andrew Miller And Brett Gardner!

As good as Stephen Strasburg was in the 2nd half of the 2015 year, ( 6 - 2 with a 1.90 ERA post ALL - Star), he will be a Free Agent after 2016. The Nats need a leadoff man, and a lockdown Closer- after they potentially trade attitude problem Jonathan Papelbon. It makes for both clubs to pull the deal off. There will also not be any recourse action as they are all set to switch leagues. The trade would see the Yankees flip leadoff OF man Brett Gardner and Closer Andrew Miller in return. Both of those 2 Yankees have 3 years left on their current deals.

As good as Stephen Strasburg was in the 2nd half of the 2015 year, ( 6 – 2 with a 1.90 ERA post ALL – Star), he will be a Free Agent after 2016. The Nats need a leadoff man, and a lockdown Closer- after they potentially trade attitude problem Jonathan Papelbon. It makes for both clubs to pull the deal off. There will also not be any recourse action as they are all set to switch leagues. The trade would see the Yankees flip leadoff OF man Brett Gardner and Closer Andrew Miller in return. Both of those 2 Yankees have 3 years left on their current deals.

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After seeing the trade go down for Alex Hicks, I then saw the trade proposal of Andrew Miller and Brett Gardner for Stephen Strasburg.  This was inferred by MLB.com columnist Richard Justice. Here are my thoughts on it.

This would be a phenomenal deal for both clubs.  The Yankees can clear some salary to sign another Starting Pitcher in addition to Strasburg coming in, and the Nats would get their new leadoff man and shutdown Closer.

Although there are some things to consider….It looks like the club will go forward with Bryce Harper at CF then.  This would mean that Gardner and Jayson Werth would round out the Outfield.

I also think the Nationals should include Jonathan Papelbon in this deal – or flip him in another deal to clear a spot for Miller to Close.

Straburg will make from $11 – $13 MIL for the 2016 season in his last year of Arbitration before hitting Free Agency – which would equal out Gardner’s salary.  Andrew Miller is set to make $9 MIL a year for the next 3 seasons.

New York will need to replace Miller in some capacity for sure.  Whether that is another late inning arm to set up Dellin Betances – or even sign another Closer would have to be the idea.  Miller and Betances were the two best pitchers for the club in 2015.

The team would be well served to land the services of Joakim Soria.

For the record, Papelbon only makes $11 MIL in 2016 before becoming an outright Free Agent in 2017.

With Dellin Betances potentially being able to take over the Closer role permanently for the Bronx Bombers, trading away Andrew Miller is a possibility. You add in the salary flexibility of including Gardner in the deal, and the team could sign a Reliever and another OF for that cash leaving. The Aaron Hicks trade has opened up some options for Brian Cashman.

With Dellin Betances potentially being able to take over the Closer role permanently for the Bronx Bombers, trading away Andrew Miller is a possibility. You add in the salary flexibility of including Gardner in the deal, and the team could sign a Reliever and another OF for that cash leaving. The Aaron Hicks trade has opened up some options for Brian Cashman.

Strasburg will definitely hit the open market after the next campaign with Scott Boras as his agent, however the Yankees would never be outbid for his services.

With guys like Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez coming off the books in the next 1 – 2 years, it is possible to pay another big salary going forward.

Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are the only high ticket items that have 3 or more years left on their contracts.

There is no secret the Yankees need Starting Pitching.  Tanaka has been dogging serious injury time on the DL for over a year now – and should not be counted on.

CC Sabathia may never resume pitching, and if he does, he may be no higher than a back end starter.  Michael Pineda breaks down every year, and may be better to throw out of the Bullpen for career longevity.

Bringing in Strasburg would save them a ton of cash for at least one year on the payroll.  Instead of doling out a big contract (over 9 figures) to one  of the top pitchers, the Bronx Bombers could still bring in another second tier Free Agent.

If they combine a Strasburg move, coupled with a LHP brought in like Scott Kazmir or Wei-Yin Chen, then this could be a banner winter year for Cashman.

Sending a backup Catcher for a young guy like Aaron Hicks is brilliant.  They would not need to sign a guy like Chris Young back either.

Gardner and Ellsbury are too similar in their styles of play even though they are both nice offensive weapons.

Gardner would a perfect fit to replace the departing Denard Span.  He will earn a minimum of $39.5 MIL over the next 3 years, however he would be an ideal leadoff man.  He has averaged 91 Runs scored for his career in a 162 Game Average.

On a team that needs more leadership, Gardner would certainly infuse that into the Nats squad.

Andrew Miller would be an awesome addition to the Nationals, who imploded in the 2nd half of the year in their Relief core. 

Drew Storen never got over being lifted as the Closer in favor of Papelbon, and it translated to a horrible amount of blown opportunities for him.  It divided the clubhouse, and Storen ended up breaking his hand in frustration.  Papelbon ended the year on suspension for choking Bryce Harper.

Miller could also prosper if the Nationals sign a few other Bullpen arms to take some of the late inning burden off of him.  The splits from 1st to 2nd half of Miller’s 2015 highlighted he was becoming tired at the end of the year.

Washington should still pursue another late inning arm.  I talked about a reuniting with Tyler Clippard in a previous post.  They would have to get rid of Papelbon before this happens.  But I like the idea of Storen and Clippard setting up Miller.

I still have to think that Papelbon will not break for Spring Training with Papelbon in tow.  I can think of the Blue Jays and Tigers as two teams that could benefit from acquiring right now.

The Nats are in need of a OF to complete their roster.  Michael A.Taylor and Clint Robinson would be the tandem to take over the RF as of right now.  That is not good enough for a Pennant contender.  Having those two guys on the bench would be perfect.

The Nationals lost Jordan Zimmermann after this year. while only netting back a draft pick. For a team that need to be competitive for the next 3 years, it makes sense to trade Stephen Strasburg. He will never sign an extension this year with Scott Boras as his agent, and the money going forward was already spent on Max Scherzer. Adding a legitimate leadoff guy to replace Denard Span, and a dominate LHP arm like Miller is a nice return for Nats GM Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals lost Jordan Zimmermann after this year. while only netting back a draft pick. For a team that need to be competitive for the next 3 years, it makes sense to trade Stephen Strasburg. He will never sign an extension this year with Scott Boras as his agent, and the money going forward was already spent on Max Scherzer. Adding a legitimate leadoff guy to replace Denard Span, and a dominate LHP arm like Miller is a nice return for Nats GM Mike Rizzo.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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