The St. Louis Cardinals are targeting free agent left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to help with their bullpen next season.
We know from the postseason press conference last month that general manager John Mozeliak described Randy Choate as being a fairly one-dimensional pitcher and that the team would see what they could get for the lefty specialist.
Derrick Goold reported earlier that one name he’s been hearing is Miller and that he is “a better fit than Choate for Matheny’s bullpen.”
Splitting time between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, Miller posted a 5-5 record and 2.02 ERA with 17 walks and 103 strikeouts. He made $1.9 million during the 2014 season afer his third year eligible for arbitration.
Rick Hummel brought up other names in a Post-Dispatch article.
Max Scherzer, a former American League Cy Young Award winner, is a free agent but it seems doubtful that the Cardinals would pay the money for the right-hander when their rotation is set to return in full next season.
There are a ton of pitching arms in the system. I understand the need to go external through free agency but at the same time, there are several capable arms that are already in the Cardinals organization including a fair share of left-handed pitchers that they could use next season, including Marco Gonzales, Kevin Siegrist, Tyler Lyons, Sam Freeman, and Tim Cooney, to name a few.
Gonzales, who rose quickly through the system, could very well start the season with the Cardinals and he certainly would not be a one-out type of pitcher.