It appears the Dodgers are extremely interested in having a dynamic one-two punch at the back end of the bullpen.
Their attention now is on New York Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who, like Aroldis Chapman throws left-handed and would thus offer the flexibility of having elite arms on either side of the rubber.
This, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2015
Unlike Chapman, Miller is under team control through 2018 (and isn’t amidst an MLB investigation for domestic violence). Both factors will likely raise the Yankees’ asking price compared to what the Reds wanted in return for Chapman.
It’s important to note that the Chapman deal is not completely dead. It does make sense for the Dodgers to shift their attention elsewhere or else risk getting passed up completely by the Winter Meetings with the only signing being Isashi Iwakuma after having lost Zack Greinke right before they started.
Reading between the lines, it’s pretty safe to point out what the Dodgers appear to be most interested in overhauling this offseason: the bullpen. They’ve been linked to every possible high-end relief pitcher in the last month, a trend that — based off of this report — will probably continue.
If we’re to believe the Reds and Dodgers were just otherworldly unlucky in having the Chapman report surface a month after the incident allegedly took place (and I’m skeptical), the front office will have to do what they can to turn said luck around.
Miller had threw for 36 saves in 2015 with a WHIP of 0.859 and a 1.35 ERA in 2015 — his first year of a four year, $36 million contract.