Free agent Andrew Miller wants to be a closer

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Andrew Miller is the best reliever on the free agent market and, not surprisingly, after several dominant seasons as a setup man he wants to be a closer.

Here’s what Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com:

I think Andrew’s evolution in the bullpen and his numbers this year fortify the belief in baseball that he’s a closer-in-waiting–and maybe the time for waiting is over.

Rodgers made sure not to rule out Miller signing with a team that wants to use him as a setup man, because that would unnecessarily weaken his value on the open market, but the 30-year-old left-hander would clearly prefer to pitch the ninth inning somewhere.

Miller has just one career save, but then again everyone lacks closing experience until some team actually gives them a chance to save games. And in terms of Miller’s performance, there’s zero doubt that he has the raw stuff, bat-missing ability, and overall results to thrive in a ninth-inning role.

This season Miller threw 62 innings with a 2.02 ERA and 103/17 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .153 batting average and .456 OPS. And since shifting to the bullpen full time three seasons ago Miller has thrown 133 innings with a 2.57 ERA and 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

David Price has opted out of the 2020 season

David Price opts out of season
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David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.

Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.