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Cleveland Indians to acquire Andrew Miller from Yankees for Clint Frazier and others

Unfortunately, the return for the Yankees is huge.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Well the Cleveland Indians almost escaped the deadline without parting for Clint Frazier or Bradley Zimmer. According to Ken Rosenthal, they have agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees for reliever Andrew Miller that could include outfield prospect Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield.

As of this writing, it's not confirmed if Frazier is in the deal, but Buster Olney believes they are.

Early this morning the Indians also agreed to a deal for Jonathan Lucroy, but the trade is waiting on the catcher to officially drop his no-trade claus. So far there is no word on if this Andrew Miller means the trade is off or not. If the Indians get both players, they are clearly going all-in for the 2016 and 2017.

Jon Heyman is reporting the other two prospects in the deal are relievers Ben Heller and JP Feyereisen, the team's two best bullpen prospects.

Miller, 31, could potentially slot into the Tribe's closer role. Over the past three seasons he has been worth 6.0 FanGraphs WAR with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.82 FIP in 169.1 innings. Current closer, Cody Allen, previously said he would be open to moving out of the role when the Indians were reportedly chasing after closer Aroldis Chapman.

The package the Indians are sending over is obviously huge, including top prospect Clint Frazier, but Miller is more than a one-year rental. Like Jonathan Lucroy, whom the Indians traded for at midnight Sunday, Miller should be with the Indians beyond 2016. He is currently signed through the 2018 season for $9 million a year.