After a month of seeming inaction, the New York Yankees muscled their way back into off-season relevance on Friday, acquiring a shortstop to replace the retired Derek Jeter and an elite reliever to fill a hole left for now by free-agent closer David Robertson.
Sorry to all my readers, especially you Gretchen. I had both Yankees moves, but I could not get to a computer. I have been stuck on jury duty.
Yesterday afternoon, the Yankees completed a three-team trade between The Diamondbacks and Tigers and acquired 24-year-old defensive whiz Didi Grigorious. Starting pitcher Shane Greene went to the Tigers to complete their part of the deal. HoursA few hours later, The Yankees announced the signing of left-handed relief ace Andrew Miller, who dominated for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles this past season, to a four-year, $36 million deal.
Gregorius serves the Yankees with an outstanding defensive shortstop who is light with the bat. Miller will likely slot into a setup role, with All-Star rookie Dellin Betances then moving to closer if Robertson doesn’t return.