ST. LOUIS -- Gleyber Torres was targeted as a player of interest by the Yankees, as reported mid-day Sunday. He is the sort of building-block prospect that New York has sought in its trade conversations with other teams. Assuming the Yankees and Cubs finish the deal for Aroldis Chapman, then New York will turn its attention to marketing its other superstar late-inning reliever, Andrew Miller, while looking for even more in return, because Miller is under contract for two years beyond 2016, at $9 million annually.
It could be that the Cubs have been willing to pay steeply for Chapman because the price for Miller -- Kyle Schwarber and more, perhaps -- was simply unthinkable. If a team wants to trade for Miller, it's going to really hurt.
The Indians and the Nationals might have the best match in possible prospect packages for Miller, and for Cleveland -- a small market-team with resources limited by the reality of its market -- a pricey late-inning reliever might feel like a middle-class family buying a Rolls-Royce, considering the asking price.
The Indians might want to consider Miller under this scenario: They could pay the asking price for him now, add him to a pitching staff that is capable of winning the World Series, and then flip him in the offseason to another team for prospects. They could use him for two or three months in their pursuit of a championship, and then return him to the market.