When Andrew Miller is healthy, he’s still one heckuva weapon out of the bullpen. But this past season, injuries limited him to just 34 innings of work. That’s not deterring the St. Louis Cardinals, though. And on Thursday afternoon, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news that they were nearing a deal with the lefty reliever.
#STLCards closing in on free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 21, 2018
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan adds that while the amount isn’t available yet, it will end up being a multi-year deal. We can assume it won’t be for cheap.
Reliever Andrew Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals are nearing a multi-year deal, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Cardinals have long sought a left-handed presence in the back end of their bullpen, and Miller looks like the answer to both. @Ken_Rosenthal first said it was close.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 21, 2018
In 2018, Miller put together a 4.24 ERA, 3.54 FIP and 3.08 DRA across 34 innings. His strikeout rate fell from 38.9 percent to 29.2 percent. But again, it’s fair to point to injuries as a reason for that drop-off. And while his ERA certainly wasn’t glowing this past season, his DRA paints a much more favorable picture.
On the diamond, the Cardinals are looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Despite winning 83 or more games in each of the past three seasons, they’ve fallen short of the postseason. They already made a huge splash earlier this offseason by acquiring first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks. We already knew they meant business.
Adding Miller, especially if he’s able to do what he’s done in recent seasons, is a big win for St. Louis.