As the best reliever on the open market it’s not surprising that left-hander Andrew Miller is reportedly drawing tons of interest, but it looks like he won’t be returning to the Orioles.
Baltimore acquired Miller from Boston on July 31 and he pitched brilliantly down the stretch and into the playoffs, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are not one of the 8-10 teams negotiating with him.
At this point Miller seems destined to get at least three and possibly four years at $10 million or more per season. It’s tough to blame the Orioles or any team for thinking that’s too rich for a reliever, but Miller had a 2.57 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 133 innings from 2012-2014 while holding opponents to a .181 batting average.
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.