It’s Miller Time in St. Louis

As Major League Baseball fans patiently await the announcement of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado‘s next stop in their career, other MLB free agents are finding their new homes for the next few years. Case in point: Andrew Miller.

Miller has agreed to a 2-year, $25 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The deal includes a $12 million vesting option third year if he pitches in a combined 110 games in 2019 and 2020. Miller has been a journeyman, of sorts, as he spent the first two years of his career with the Detroit Tigers, but he did not appear to live up to his draft value, when the Tigers selected Miller 6th overall in 2006. In his two years as a Tiger, he pitched in 21 games and finished with a 5-6 record and a 5.69 ERA. This led to him being traded in the winter of 2007. The Tigers sent Miller, along with other players to the Florida Marlins, and in return, the Tigers received Miguel Cabrera.

Miller’s time in Florida was no better because in his three years spent with the Marlins, he pitched 58 games, had a record of 10-20 and an ERA of 5.89. In November 2010, he was sent to the Boston Red Sox for Dustin Richardson.

Andrew Miller spent the most time of his career so far in Boston, as he spent four years with the team. This is also where he moved into a much larger role as a relief pitcher. While in Boston, he pitched in 157 games, started 12 of them, and finished with a 3.79 ERA. In mid-2014, Miller was being traded once again. This time to the Baltimore Orioles. In his short time in Baltimore, he had pitched 23 games, with a 2-0 record with a 1.35 ERA.

Miller entered free agency in the 2014 offseason. He soon joined the New York Yankees to further his career. Before his time in New York came to an end, he finished with having pitched in 104 games, a 9-3 record and 1.77 ERA. He was traded once again, this time to the Cleveland Indians who sent Minor League stars Clint Frazier, Ben Heller, and Justus Sheffield.

Andrew Miller with the Indians was a dominant force. In his three seasons with the team, he pitched 120 games, posted a 2.22 ERA to go along with a 10-7 record. He also helped lead the bullpen and the Indians to a World Series appearance, where they fell just short to the Chicago Cubs.

Now with Miller set to play in his fourteenth year in the big leagues, the Cardinals are looking to fill the hole in the bullpen that Greg Holland left open when he was traded to the Nationals during the 2018 season. They are hoping that Miller will help the Cardinals win more than 88 games, and they hope that Miller can help the team in playing some October baseball.

-Marcus Jacobs

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