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48 Andrew Miller RP
Height/Weight: 6-7/210 | Birthdate: 5/21/1985 | Birthplace: Gainesville, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: North Carolina | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $1,475,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/80 | Average Draft Position: 219.13
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Yankees closer Andrew Miller records seventh save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Yankees closer Andrew Miller worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in New York's 6-4 win over the Mets Sunday, earning his seventh save of the season.

Miller worked efficiently, needing just 13 pitches to get out of the inning and finish the game despite hitting Wilmer Flores with a pitch.

Miller has now pitcher 8 1/3 scoreless innings so far this season with 16 strikeouts.


Yankees closer Miller nails down sixth save with 1-2-3 ninth


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Yankees southpaw Andrew Miller is entrenched in the closer role and is pitching like he's determined to keep it.

Miller maintained perfection Thursday, retired the host Tigers in order for his sixth save in six chances. And it wasn't as if he was facing a trio of meatballs - he struck out Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez in the process.

The lefty has allowed just two hits in 7 1/3 innings with six strikeouts this season.


Yankees closer Andrew Miller collects dicey save on Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Yankees closer Andrew Miller (S, 5) came into a save situation against the Tigers on Tuesday, leading 5-1 with two on and two out, and walked two batters, allowing one run to score, before getting the final out via a strikeout for his fifth save of the season.

"I need to be better than that, but it ended up with a win," Miller said. "I wasn't missing by much, so I'm not worried about it."

Reliever Chris Martin began the ninth inning for the Yankees with the 5-1 advantage, but put two runners on and got pulled for Miller.


Andrew Miller saves fourth game of year for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Yankees closer Andrew Miller saved his fourth game of the year in Sunday's win. 

Miller pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out three. He has not allowed a run this season and has given up two hits in six innings pitched. 

"It's never easy. It's not how I wanted to start, but you have to look at the scoreboard in those situations," Miller said to MLB.com. "I know that there's nobody behind me, so I'm not trying to keep it to one run or no runs; I'm trying to win the game. Right there, it's about getting three outs before they get two runs. Fortunately I was able to do that. It wasn't pretty, but I got there."

Manager Joe Girardi continues to say both Miller and reliever Dellin Betances will be used interchangeably.

"We're seeing a ton of right-handed hitters and we're going to see a bunch again. It's kind of worked out that way," Girardi said. "I've asked them to get some multiple innings, some multiple outs for us. Andrew has done a good job in the ninth, so I've just kind of stuck with it right now. I'm not saying that's been named to anyone, but it's just kind of the way it has worked out with the lineup we have."


Yankees reliever Andrew Miller picks up third save on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Yankees reliever Andrew Miller (S, 3) retired four out of five batters, three on strike outs, on Friday to nail down the save in the Yankees' win in Tampa.

The lefty has not allowed a run in four appearances this season.

"This is what I signed up for," Miller said. "That's what I told them all along. They asked me if I needed to be told I had a certain role or anything like that, and I told them no."

"I'll do whatever they ask and give them everything I've got."


Still no closer decision between Yankees' Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has struggled so far this season, but he still has a chance to fill in as the team's closer. 

With Andrew Miller going five outs for a save on Monday, thanks in part to Betances' rough night in set-up, manager Joe Girardi said he may need to give Miller a night off. That would mean Betances would get the call to close, per the Journal News

"The big thing is that he understands it’s just a little mechanical thing that he has to fix and he has to get back on track," Girardi said of Betances' six walks in three and a third innings this season. "He’s been able, for the most part, to get through without giving up a lot of damage which is a good thing. We’ve got to get him back on track and we’ll get him there."

Assuming he does, there's still a chance he ends up in the full-time closer role, despite losing the job to Miller coming out of spring. 

"We still haven't made a decision one way or the other ... I’m not sure that’s what we’re going to do all year," Girardi said. "We’ll continue to re-evaluate, but at the beginning of the year we thought that was the best way to handle it."


Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller earns second save Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller earned his second save of the season Monday in New York's 6-5 win over the Orioles. 

Miller worked 1 2/3 innings in the appearance, striking out both batters he faced in the eighth inning. Then in the ninth, Miller got the first two batters out before hitting Delmon Young with a pitch. He then got Steve Pearce to ground out to end the game.

He maintains his perfect 0.00 ERA in 3 2/3 innings of work this season. 


Mechanical issues cost Yankees' Betances chance to win closer's job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Yankees sources said reliever Dellin Betances' velocity wasn't down from last spring to this spring, although it was actually slightly down, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

However, one Yankees personnel admitted Betances is having issues with his pitching mechanics, which is why he did not win the closer's job outright this spring. He is expected to share save opportunities with Andrew Miller at the outset of the season.


Yankees' Andrew Miller picks up first save of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Yankees reliever Andrew Miller earned the first save opportunity Wednesday and delivered, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out his team's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.

After Dellin Betances gave up an unearned run in the eighth to put his team down two runs, the offense was able to storm back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Yankees then turned to Miller, who threw eight of his 10 pitches for strikes en route to the save.

Miller and Betances will likely share the closing role during the early portion of the season, if not longer, but it was the lefty who picked up the team's first save of the season Wednesday.


Yankees' Girardi debating using Betances and Miller in closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday the team will discuss their closer situation Saturday, per The Wall Street Journal. Although, Girardi hinted Friday at leaning toward using Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller in the closer's role.

Girardi added there can be advantages to not naming a closer, particularly to allow flexibility to use Miller and Betances against left-handed and right-handed batters when needed.

“My thought has been more like with a power lefty who strikes out a lot of guys and a power righty, the lineups just might match up where one day he’s the eighth-inning guy and then one day he’s the ninth-inning guy a little bit better,” Giradri said, per The Journal News. “… I think you start managing who you’re going to use (in the ninth) in about the sixth inning, because you try to prepare them.”

Betances entered the spring as the favorite for the closer's role, but he has struggled this spring amid reports of diminished velocity. He has a 6.14 ERA and nearly as many walks (five) as strikeouts (six) in eight appearances.

Miller is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and eight strikeouts in eight relief outings.

“I’ve talked to both (Miller and Betances)” Girardi said. “They’re concerned about winning more than (roles), in the sense of I’m this guy, I’m this guy. That’s the sense I’ve got from them. Now, could it iron itself out and you start to do it one way? Yes.

"I’ll continue to talk about it with my coaches and (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) and his feelings about it as they get a feel, and Gary Tuck who’s in the bullpen, what do you think the importance of it is that we actually set a role? But as of right now, we haven’t felt that we have to.”


Yankees manager Joe Girardi to decide closer role this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi still doesn't know what he will do with the closer role when the season begins, reports MLB.com.

Girardi, who will decide between Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, is still considering using both in the role to start the year.

"It's actually something we've got to talk a lot about this week coming up and what we're going to decide to do, if we're going to try to name a closer or if we're going to kind of go with a two-guy sort of situation," Girardi said. "We've ironed a lot of things out, and we've just got to work on that one."

Betances has posted a 7.11 ERA in seven appearances this spring with five strikeouts while Miller has posted a 2.84 ERA in seven appearances with eight strikeouts.


Yanks' Girardi on naming a closer: 'It's not on the top of my priority list'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Monday the team might use Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller in the closer's role rather than having one of them handle the job full-time.

"In years past we had a pretty defined closer so there was never a question,'' Girardi said, per ESPN. "In looking at the candidates that we have, neither one of them have really closed. And we could still name a closer, but it’s not on the top of my priority list.''

Miller, who was signed in the offseason, has just one save over nine MLB seasons. Betances also has just one save in 78 career appearances.

"To me, the important thing is they understand if we don’t name a closer, in the later innings which guys are theirs,'' Girardi said. "In your mind you can start preparing in the sixth, sort of like a closer would, these are the guys I'm going to face. I think the most important thing is communication, and they understand you’re role isn't clearly defined as you’re the eighth inning guy and you’re the ninth inning guy, but your role is clearly defined when you’re going to pitch.''


Yankees' Dellin Betances scheduled for back-to-back appearances


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Dellin Betances will make his first back-to-back appearances of the spring on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Betances is competing with Andrew Miller to become the Yankees' closer.  

"It'll be nice to go back to back, get out there," Betances said per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I'm starting to feel stronger. Every time out, I feel a little stronger."


Yankees manager Joe Girardi waiting on naming team's closer


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) After pitchers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each threw an inning on Saturday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has yet to name a closer.

The debate as to who will earn the role is still up in the air. But neither is expected to be named the closer at this point.

"I think it's affected by possibly losing someone out of your bullpen to a starting role. That changes things. So we've got to figure that out first, then we put the rest of it together," Girardi said. "I won't make that decision until really late, because to me, that's not one of my pressing decisions."


Yankees closer candidates not viewing spring as competition


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Yankees closer candidates Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller could end up splitting the role when the season begins, but neither is feeling the heat of a competition this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I don't think either of us are treating it that way," Miller said. "I've got my own problems. I'm trying to figure out where the ball is going and make sure I'm sharp. That stuff always takes care of itself. It's the least of my concerns. I want to go out and pitch well, and if I pitch well, I'll be happy. Wherever that is, it's fine with me."

Manager Joe Giradi has confidence in both to get the job done. Both pitched scoreless innings on Sunday.

"I don't really think we're going to have any doubts that both of them can do it, so I don't really know if there's anything that we need to see," Girardi said. "I think we have to see how the bullpen in our mind shapes up and what, as an organization, we decide to do. I'm not really too worried about their stuff."


Yankees' Andrew Miller 'happy' with scoreless inning Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller made his Grapefruit League debut wednesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless inning against the Phillies while striking out two.

"I'm really happy with the way I was throwing the ball," Miller said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I'm not too concerned with things right now. It could have been absolutely horrendous and there's nothing to worry about. It's just going out there and getting it going. I felt my breaking ball was really good, so it's always nice to come back and realize it's still there after the offseason."

Miller signed a four-year, $36-million deal with the Yankees this offseason after going 5-5 with a 2.02 ERA and 103:17 K:BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings.


Yankees' Andrew Miller doesn't care about his role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Yankees reliever Andrew Miller doesn't care about his role, according to MLB.com.

Miller is expected to compete for the closer position, but doesn't really care where he slots in. "Honestly, my goal is not to show [manager Joe Girardi] that I can close," Miller said. "It's to show Joe that I can get an out whenever they need it."

Miller has saved just one game in his career, but that's not going to hold him back. "I've shown that I can pitch in big situations. I proved a lot to myself personally last year down the stretch," Miller said. "I think playoff games and some of the situations I came in are probably more stressful than saving a game in May, I don't know. But I feel I've really improved."

The 29-year-old Miller posted a 2.02 ERA over 62 1/3 innings last season. He signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the club during the offseason. 


Yankees' Girardi could see Betances, Miller splitting closer role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a hole to fill at closer without David Robertson on the roster. He is open to utilizing both Dellin Betances and newly signed Andrew Miller in the role to begin the year.

"I think you could do that," Girardi said. "I think you have to see how people react when they’re in the situation. I feel good about both of those guys doing it. A number of guys down there, I think, are more than capable of closing."

He is expecting a battle throughout spring training to figure out who will take control of the role.

"There are a lot of questions about how it’s actually going to mold together," Girardi said.


Yankees' Steinbrenner: 'We're not going to be afraid to spend money'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated Wednesday more offseason moves for New York could be coming, despite general manager Brian Cashman being active this offseason, according to MLB.com. The Yankees have already re-signed third baseman Chase Headley and infielder Stephen Drew, signed reliever Andrew Miller and traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before spring training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Steinbrenner said he wants to get New York back to the postseason while trying to keep the the payroll in the same range, but left the door open to perhaps target one of the top free-agent players still available. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and James Shields are two of the top names still on the free-agent market.

"[But] having said that, we're still the New York Yankees, all you guys know that," Steinbrenner said. "We know what the fans expect. We know what the town expects. We're not going to be afraid to spend money."


Andrew Miller: I'm 'fine' with not closing for Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller told the reporters on Monday he's "fine" with not closing for the Yankees, but would excel in the role, if asked, per the Journal News. The left-handed reliever signed a four-year deal worth 36 million with New York last week.

Miller indicated that David Roberton's name did not come up during his negotiations with the Yankees. Robertson is still a free agent, and if he were to re-sign with the Yankees, both pitchers would be in the mix for the position.

"(The closer role) came up very briefly during negotiations when the Yankees were feeling me out to see what my priorities were," Miller said. "I've told everybody so far, and it's the truth, it really wasn't a priority for me. It was certainly something that certain teams expected me to come in and do. But for me, my answer for them was that I have no ego in it, and I'm ready to fill whatever role is necessary or fits best for the team. My goal is to win. If I'm handing the ball off to somebody, whoever that may be, I have no problem with that."


Yankees land lefty reliever and 2014 phenom Andrew Miller


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Yankees have won the Andrew Miller Sweepstakes, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The YES Network originally reported that the team has signed the free agent left-handed reliever to a four-year deal totaling $36 million.

Miller was lights-out for Boston and the playoff-bound Orioles in 2014. He yielded just 33 hits in 62 1/3 innings with 17 walks and 103 strikeouts.

The signing of Miller might preclude the Yankees from bringing back free agent closer David Robertson. But Miller and 2014 breakthrough reliever Dellin Betances will provide a powerful 1-2 punch in the bullpen if they continue to perform as well as they did last year.


Yanks, Dodgers remain active in Miller pursuit; Red Sox out


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) It appears it will be a big-market battle to sign reliever Andrew Miller, who is getting closer to a deal to become the highest paid non-closer in baseball history, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

It appears the Red Sox are bowing out of the race to sign Miller, while the Yankees and Dodgers are among the finalists. It appears he will have a deal within the next day or two, according to Heyman.


Report: Red Sox still pursuing Andrew Miller


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Despite various teams being interested in pitcher Andrew Miller and reports indicating the Red Sox won’t sign Miller, The Boston Globe reported the Red Sox are still in the mix for Miller.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Miller is a top option for the Yankees if they can’t sign closer David Robertson.


Yankees more likely to sign Andrew Miller than David Robertson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) It appears the Yankees are more likely to sign free agent reliever Andrew Miller than re-sign closer David Robertson, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Robertson could land a deal more lucrative than Jonathan Papelbon's four-year, $50 million contract, which is a record for a reliever. While Robertson is likely to make in the range of $12 million to $14 million per season, Miller could be in the range of $8 million to $11 million, which appears to be more to the Yankees liking.


Report: Yankees, Dodgers in serious pursuit of Andrew Miller


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Yankees are in serious pursuit of free agent reliever Andrew Miller, according ESPN senior baseball writer Buster Olney. The Dodgers are also showing heavy interest in the left-handed reliever.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Miller is expected to sign a record four-year deal for a non-closing reliever. Heyman reported Monday the Yankees are one of many teams in contact with Miller, but agent Mark Rodgers said there is no front-runner yet.