NY Yankees Rumors: Aroldis Chapman Suspension Ends Andrew Miller Trade Talk? Ivan Nova, Miami Marlins Deal Option as Brett Gardner Available

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Jan 06, 2016 08:40 AM EST
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New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch during a 2015 game with the Cincinnati Reds."

The New York Yankees are still searching for trade deals. The team has made some moves this offseason, mainly acquiring Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman, but they are reportedly not ready to stop there. The Yankees have been picky about which players they have made available in trade deals as Ivan Nova might be the biggest name up for the taking and interest is starting to grow over the pitcher.

Nova has been on thin ice with the Yankees after he struggled to come back from Tommy John surgery last year. The Yankees' starting pitching rotation struggled and Nova was certainly part of the downfall and with Masahiro Tanaka or Luis Severino not going anywhere, Nova could be the odd man out if changes are made. Trade interest is starting to come in for Nova as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting the Miami Marlins have eyed a potential deal for the pitcher.

Cafardo did not say what the Marlins were willing to offer up in exchange for Nova. The Yankees are in need of a better starting pitcher, but Nova would not require a heavy return of talent. Nova ended the year going 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA following the surgery. His career has been inconsistent which means Miami will not give up much for him.

Nova is not the only player being shopped by the Yankees. Brett Gardner is available along with Andrew Miller. Following the move to acquire Chapman, Miller will either add to the elite bullpen or become expendable to the Yankees. Cafardo continues his report on the Yankees stating the price tag on miller is simply too high. General manager Brian Cashman reportedly has no issues with retaining Miller, but also would not mind seeing what he can get for the closer who put up a 2.04 ERA with 36 saves. The Yankees want a young top-of-the-rotation pitcher in return for Miller which means he might not be headed anywhere.

Keeping Miller could be a smart move as Chapman might face a suspension following the allegations that he was involved in a domestic violence issue. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Chapman could be suspended, but it is not expected to be for long. Chapman is facing allegations that he chocked his girlfriend while also firing eight shots into the wall forcing police response. If Chapman misses time, the Yankees will need Miller. That could sway their decision to trade the closer prior to the season beginning. 

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