Trever Miller, who played for three big-league teams last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
Miller has quietly been one of the better left-handed specialists in baseball for the past decade, making 589 of his 694 career appearances after age 30 while posting a 3.74 ERA, but at age 38 he’ll have to compete for a roster spot during spring training.
Miller got into 48 games for the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Red Sox last season, but recorded an average of just 0.52 outs per appearance while walking as many (12) as he struck out (12) in 21.1 total innings.
He’ll get $800,000 if he makes the Cubs, who would be his ninth team.
As part of July’s eight-player swap with the Blue Jays that was headlined by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals received three players to be named later or cash considerations.
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that St. Louis has opted for cash instead of players in all three instances, although the exact dollar amounts are undisclosed.
Obviously the players to be named later were never going to be much more than marginal prospects, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see a team choose money over multiple minor leaguers.
Perhaps the players/cash choice was tied in part to the Cardinals’ performance following the trade and winning the World Series meant they basically told the Blue Jays to forget about sending them anyone else. St. Louis certainly isn’t short on money after letting Albert Pujols walk.
Whatever the case, the final tally is Rasmus, Brian Tallet, Trever Miller, and P.J. Walters for Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, and cash.