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Despite the 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Miller was hurting over his friend being traded to the Boston Red Sox.
“I’m still a Cardinal and really wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” Miller said according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I want to be that guy, that draft pick, who you hear about how he stayed, how he has a career with one team and does well. There is nothing that I want more than to pitch really well and have this team win and come to our park every day. I want to spend the rest of my career here. That is a true statement.”
Miller was resolved to stay with the Cardinals as he saw his friend get traded to Boston. Miller and Kelly were both drafted in 2009 and both made their debut during the 2012 season. As everybody knows by now, both served as the Best Man at each other’s wedding.
Bernie writes that the trading deadline was a loud wake-up call by general manager John Mozeliak. Allen Craig was due $25.5 million over the next three seasons and following the foot injury last year, he just never really recovered. The club was wise to move him and have Oscar Taveras playing regularly in right field.
Taveras is the right fielder of the future. He hasn’t had the impact like a Gregory Polanco early in his career. Now he can get the at-bats that will help in his development at the major league level. After starting on Thursday following the trade, Taveras hit a two-run home run. It was the first home run since making his debut in May.