Cubs sign veteran reliever Trever Miller to minor-league deal

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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.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.