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No one would mind getting third choice in pick of best reliever

Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets celebrates

Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets celebrates after the final out of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

We asked a former general manager, manager and pitcher whom they would take if they had to choose from among Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia and Andrew Miller.

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips, who co-hosts the morning show on SiriusXM Radio's MLB Network channel, said: "I'll start by saying I'll take any of the three. But I think that of the three, I would probably take Miller. Stuffwise, he has every bit the fastball the other guys do. He's got the sweeping breaking ball. Being lefthanded is an advantage, as well. His release point is very difficult to pick up. His delivery, even though he throws across his body a little bit, is freer and easier than the other two. He'd probably be the guy I'd go with -- but we're splitting hairs."

Former Yankees and Mets reliever C.J. Nitkowski, an analyst for Fox Sports 1, CBS Radio and MLB Network Radio, said: "I have to go Betances. They are all great and I love my boy Familia, who I played with at the end of my career with the Mets and winter ball in the [Dominican Republic]. Betances brings the most value to a team because of his role. Ninety innings last year and he's on pace to be close to that again this year. Betances and Miller are nearly identical in K and BB rates over the past two years, but Betances has 35 more innings, allows less home runs and has the better ERA. All are dominant, but if they were all free agents and I had to invest in only one of them, Betances would be my choice. If I got stuck with either of the other two, that would be perfectly fine, as well."

Former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight,'' said: "I like Miller. I've always liked Miller. I didn't like him early on as a starter. I feel like when they pushed him to the bullpen, it was the beginning of something special. I've seen his confidence grow and seen him develop to the point to where he is now. I like the situation New York is in now with those two guys.''


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