It was reported last night that the Cardinals and Andrew Miller were closing in on a deal. That deal appears now to have been struck: Ken Rosenthal reports that St. Louis has signed him to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for a third season at $12 million with a $2.5 million buyout. The option will vest if he pitches a total of 110 games over the next two seasons. He’ll also receive a full no-trade clause.
Miller, 33, was limited to 34 innings out of the bullpen last season due to hamstring and knee injuries, and those injuries contributed to him having his worst season since becoming a full-time reliever. He finished the year with a 4.24 ERA and a 45/16 K/BB ratio in 34 innings. When healthy, however, he has been one of the top relievers in all of baseball. Between 2014 and 2017 he posted a 1.72 ERA while striking out 14.5 batters per nine innings and walking 2.3 batters per nine innings.
Whether the Cardinals will make him their closer or, rather, treat him like a high-leverage fireman as the Indians and Yankees did, is up in the air. Either way, though, the Cardinals have a potentially devastating new weapon in their bullpen.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”