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Report: Cardinals, Phillies, Mets among teams with interest in Andrew Miller

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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.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.