Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals, Phillies, and Mets are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Andrew Miller. Morosi notes that Miller is not close to signing a contract at the moment.
Miller, 33, is coming off a subpar, injury-shortened season in which he finished with a 4.24 ERA and a 45/16 K/BB ratio over 34 innings. He battled knee and shoulder injuries during the season, limiting both his playing time and his effectiveness.
From 2014-17, Miller was among the most dominant relievers in baseball. Now, given his age and injury woes, there is reason to be hesitant about his future prospects. However, the Cardinals, Phillies, and Mets all finished in the bottom half of the league in bullpen ERA, so adding a veteran arm could certainly make a difference. Morosi also recently reported that the Phillies and Braves were among the teams interested in potentially acquiring Mariners closer Edwin Díaz.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.