Sources say that the Washington Nationals would deal stud prospect Lucas Giolito to the New York Yankees for Andrew Miller, straight up.
If you want to bolster the youth of your team, the New York Yankees need to make this deal.
Entering this season, Giolito was Baseball America’s fifth best prospect in the game and rated the third-best by MLB.com.
In his minor league career, the 22-year old righty is 25-13 with a 2.74 earned run average in 69 starts across five seasons. Beyond his stats, however, he is money. The real deal. A future ace.
Maybe once in a blue moon does a team have an opportunity to pull off a move like this, and Brian Cashman has an opportunity to do it twice in one week.
It might have to involve some convincing to the boys upstairs, but Giolito is an even bigger return than that of Gleyber Torres, New York’s newest top prospect.
Sure, Miller has been a pleasure to watch. In fact, he has been a true professional. But at some point, the organization has to realize that perhaps the future is the way to go and even though Miller is under team control until 2018, Giolito could bring a dominant starting arm to a system that lacks reputable.
He would also be thrown into the rotation right away, giving Cashman more room to work out a deal involving Ivan Nova.
Additionally, one of the only objections to this move would be that it would decimate the already slim odds that New York makes a run at the postseason. Is that really worth it?
Cashman, you have the chance to pull off two moves that define a general manager’s career in the span of two weeks. The best part is he’ll wheel in the best pitching prospect in the game. Ask for more, because Miller is certainly worth more, but get this done.