In Andrew Miller's words, he pitched "as well as he possibly could have" in his first year as a closer for the Yankees in 2015. He had 36 saves and a 2.04 ERA. Now, he is no longer the closer. A lot of guys would be upset.
"I came to New York to be a winner," Miller said on the Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN.
On most days this season, Miller is expected to move down a rung, most likely as the eighth-inning guy, as Aroldis Chapman will be the main closer on the team. When all three relievers are available, Miller will combine with Dellin Betances to set up for Chapman. (Chapman could be suspended for domestic violence, so there is a chance that Miller may still begin the year as the closer until Chapman is ready.)
This winter, the Yankees discussed trading Miller with other teams, but there was no known deal that was close. Yankees GM Brian Cashman kept Miller in the loop.
"Everything I've heard from the Yankees, and they seemed to have backed it up, it would have to be pretty extreme for them to move me," Miller said on the show. "And I don't blame them. If they feel they can make the team better, that's their prerogative."
Miller, 30, doesn't need to put up numbers, because he has three years remaining on the four-year, $36 million contract he signed before 2015 as a free agent.
"At this point in my career I'm not building any sort of resume on saves," Miller said. "I'm not chasing any numbers or records. I've seen teams win and I've seen how much fun that is. That will be the most rewarding thing if we win games and accomplish our goals."