Miller has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cardinals that includes a vesting option for a third year, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The financials are not yet known, but this deal is done. This is an ideal landing spot for Miller from a fantasy perspective, as the Cardinals did not have an established option in the ninth inning. That does not mean that Miller will get the save opportunities in St. Louis, but he will enter spring training with a chance to break camp as the closer, or one of the options to close games. Hamstring, knee and shoulder woes limited the southpaw to 34 innings in 2018. He struggled with his control (10.4 percent walk rate), but still missed bats at a high clip (29.2 percent strikeout rate). Jordan Hicks is the top right-handed option for saves, and Alex Reyes could also emerge as a contender for those opportunities if the Cardinals opt to deploy him out of the bullpen.
Miller is reportedly finalizing a contract with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Miller is expected to join St. Louis on a multi-year deal, which could be finalized over the weekend. The Cardinals would be adding an impact left-hander to their bullpen, which they lacked in 2018. The 33-year-old had a 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 45:16 K:BB over 34 innings last season, as he missed all of June and July with right knee inflammation.
Miller will not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Indians before Friday's deadline, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Miller is set to become a free agent after spending the past two and a half seasons with the Indians, posting a combined 2.22 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 13.3 K/9 over that stretch. The southpaw dealt with injuries for a good chunk of the 2018 season, struggling to a 4.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP when healthy -- his highest marks since converting to relief in 2011. The 33-year-old still figures to be one of the more coveted bullpen arms available this offseason.
Miller worked around a hit while striking out the side in a scoreless inning of work to earn his second save of the season Tuesday against the White Sox. With the Tribe up two, it was Miller who got the call to pitch the ninth inning, despite the fact that neither Brad Hand nor Cody Allen had pitched since the weekend. He allowed a two-out single but he struck out the side while throwing 13 of 19 pitches for strikes. Miller hasn't conceded an earned run in any of his last nine appearances and could be a matchups-based option for saves down the stretch.
Miller (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday. As expected, Miller is back with the Indians after spending close to two weeks on the shelf with a shoulder injury. The southpaw successfully threw a 33-pitch bullpen session over the weekend, clearing the way for him to rejoin the big-league bullpen. He figures to immediately slot back into a high-leverage relief role for the stretch run. Miller owns a 3.38 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings this season.