A new Cleveland Indians rumors centers around Andrew Miller returning to the American League East to play for one of his old teams, the Boston Red Sox.
In Cleveland Indians rumors, free-agent reliever Andrew Miller may be looking to sign with an old team…just not the Tribe.
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo noted Miller wouldn’t be against returning to Boston.
The longtime scribe pointed out how Miller’s career took off once then Red Sox manger Bobby Valentine made the decision to make the former first-round pick a fun-time reliever.
Miller often talks to other players about his Boston experience and how it’s different than anywhere else, even New York. Miller had to get over some leg issues in 2017 with the Indians, but he appears to be healthy again.
The Red Sox are certainly one of the teams that can afford to pay Miller a hefty sum, although it remains to be seen what kind of contract Miller will command following a season riddled with injuries.
Earlier this season, there was talk of Miller getting $20 million per season! His injury and then not-so-stellar performance in 2018 will probably make such a pact impossible.
The Indians didn’t offer the lefty the $17.9 million qualifying offer, which may suggest the organization thought he would take it! Miller was making $9 million in his final season with the Tribe, and simply by signing a piece a paper, he would’ve doubled his salary in 2019.
Some teams is going to overpay for Miller, it’s just a matter of how many years he gets. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him sign a three-year, $45 million contract somewhere.
If Miller regains his 2016 form, he’s worth every cent. But for two years, really, he’s missed significant time and the Indians have really had to coddle him just to ensure they could deploy him in the postseason.
There was hope among the fan base that the Indians would be able to retain Miller, or Cody Allen, but as the clock ticks, I get the feeling that there’s zero chance of either reliever returning.