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Yankees 2015 Roster Report Card: Andrew Miller

Miller lived up to the high value contract the Yankees gave him during his first year in New York.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Grade: A

2015 Statistics: 61.2 IP, 36 saves, 14.59 K/9, 1.90 ERA, 2.16 FIP

2016 Contract Status: Signed a four-year/$36 million contract that will take him through 2018

Andrew Miller arrived in New York without a set role when he signed on for four years after his strong 2014 season, but he ended up being one of the best closers in MLB before his first season in pinstripes was done. If David Robertson had an unenviable task in replacing Mariano Rivera as the team's closer in 2014, Miller had the unenviable task of replacing the beloved homegrown closer who replaced Mariano Rivera. That's certainly not easy to do, but Miller was able to do it fairly seamlessly.

Joe Girardi refused to name an official closer between Miller and Dellin Betances until well into the season. Both pitchers performed well in spring training and either was capable of pitching the ninth inning. However, it was easy to see from very early on that Girardi intended to use Miller in the ninth inning and Betances in the eighth inning. That kept Betances in his normal role that he served as a dominant set up man in 2014, but put Miller in unfamiliar territory as a closer, which was a role he'd never been put into before. Both pitchers showed their dominance throughout the season in their respective roles, and give great hope to the state of the Yankees' bullpen going forward with such a dynamic duo looming to close out the final innings of games.

Miller did miss a few weeks of 2015 with a forearm issue that proved to be no cause for concern when he returned without really missing a beat. Some of his saves were more Robertsonesque than the calm provided to Yankees fans by Rivera, but he managed to get the job done nearly every time nonetheless. Relievers are notoriously finicky and find a way to disappoint you far more often than is comfortable, but the team and its fans have to feel pretty good about having Miller on their side for the next couple years to come if they are anything like 2015.

The Yankees should once again have one of the more dominant bullpens in baseball with Miller and Betances ready to hold down the later innings again in 2016. Miller took home the 2015 Mariano Rivera award for his efforts as the best reliever in the American League. Hopefully the Yankees have stability in the ninth inning once again, at least for the time being.