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Cleveland Indians acquire Andrew Miller from New York Yankees

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Per multiple reports, the Cleveland Indians have acquired reliever Andrew Miller for four prospects

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The Cleveland Indians have acquired reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for a package of four prospects, headed by Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield.  This is on the heels of the Indians reportedly landing Jonathan Lucroy last night, conditioned on Lucroy waiving his no-trade clause.

Frazier, 21, was the #5 overall pick in the 2013 draft, and according to one report on Twitter, has evoked comparisons to Mike Trout from folks with the Yankees.  He was just recently promoted to AAA, after putting up an 825 OPS in AA this season.  An outfielder, Frazier is thought to be likely to end up in left field, though he has played all three outfield spots this year.

Sheffield, 20, is a small lefty who was taken with the #31 overall pick in the 2014 draft.  He has a 3.59 ERA in 19 starts in the Carolina League.

Frazier and Sheffield are considered to be two of the top three prospects in the Indians' system, although at first glance, this appears to be a less impressive return than what the Indians got for Aroldis Chapman, although a lot of that depends on how high you are on Frazier.

Meanwhile, the Indians now have one of the best relief pitchers in the game and one of the best catchers in the game, both under control past this season (Lucroy through 2017, Miller through 2018).  Miller has a 1.39 ERA and a 1.77 FIP, and gives the Indians a shutdown closer for the back of their pen.

The Rangers were reportedly interested in Miller, but weren't willing to meet the Yankees' asking price.  Given what the Indians gave up, I'm a little curious about what the Rangers were asked for.

UPDATE -- The Yankees also acquired RHPs Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen in this deal.