CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller is closing in on signing a free agent deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The move, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic/Fox Sports/MLB Network, means yet another popular member of the Indians is departing as an offseason of change continues.
Terms of a deal have not been disclosed as of yet, although Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has indicated it will be a multi-year contract.
USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale adds that the deal should be made official on Friday.
The 33-year-old Miller had an injury-plagued 2018 season. His ERA soared to 4.24, with 16 walks against 45 strikeouts in just 34 innings. He missed all of June and July because of ankle and hamstring problems, then had a shoulder in jury in September.
When he was healthy, there was no better relief pitcher in all of baseball than Miller. The Indians acquired him at the 2016 trading deadline, sending four prized prospects to the New York Yankees.
The Tribe never had any regrets.
Miller was dominant down the stretch for the Indians in their 2016 march to the playoffs, posting a 4-0 record with a 1.55 ERA in 26 appearances after the trade.
In the playoffs, he was even better. Miller pitched in four of the five games of the 2016 ALCS, striking out 14 batters in 7.2 innings, while allowing only three hits with no walks. He was named the series’ MVP. For the entire postseason, Miller was 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 19.1 innings. He struck out 30, walked five, and allowed just three runs.
2017 saw Miller named to the American League’s All-Star team as he finished 4-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 57 appearances.