While you slept, the Cleveland Indians suddenly became the most aggressive traders in the major leagues.
Early this morning, the Yankees and Indians finished a trade to send Andrew Miller to the AL Central leaders for four minor leaguers. Cleveland thought they had also picked up All-Star catcher Matthew Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers late last night, but on Sunday morning, Lucroy vetoed the trade. The Indians were one of eight teams on his no-trade list.
Miller is signed through 2018, and his four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees, does not have a no-trade clause.
New York, which earlier this week traded reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, appears to be in the sell-mode They’re in fourth place in the AL East, and trail Toronto by 6 ½ games.
It was two years ago that the Orioles acquired Miller from Boston in exchange for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, and after a marvelous run in Baltimore, where he struck out 34 in 20 innings, he parlayed that into a lucrative deal with the Yankees.
Cleveland, which has played only one postseason game since 2007, has its entire rotation and top relievers, Miller and Cody Allen under club control through 2018.
In its trades with the Cubs and Indians, the Yankees have accumulated some highly thought of young players including shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres from Chicago and outfielder Clint Frazier from Cleveland.
On Sunday morning, New York also picked up reliever Tyler Clippard from Arizona. Clippard was twice an All-Star with the Nationals from 2008-14.
Lucroy's veto was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.