Cardinals To Sign Trever Miller
So much for the Rays keeping the 2008 roster together. The first member of the AL champs left town late last night, with lefty reliever Trever Miller agreeing to a deal with the Cardinals.
The signing trickled on the blog of Post-Dispatch sports writer Bernie Miklasz, who claims that Miller will be in St. Louis Thursday to undergo a physical and sign the contract. As Miklasz points out, Miller was impressive as Tampa's left handed specialist, holding left handed hitters to a .209 average. Here's the full early-morning story from Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold, while we're at it.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is confirming that the sides are close to a deal, but isn't confirming whether it's a one or two-year contract. No big surprise that the deal is relatively short-term, so the Rosenthal story doesn't do much except confirm a deal is in the works.
The more interesting aspect of the deal seems to be that St. Louis pulled the trigger on Miller before a pair of other relievers they were said to be targeting: Will Ohman and Arthur Rhodes. Ohman, of course, is coming off a strong year in Atlanta after three full seasons and parts of two others with the Cardinals' division rivals, the Cubs. Rhodes split time with the Mariners and Marlins, and has pitched for six teams, though the bulk of his career (all the early years) came with that team just to the north up in Baltimore.
So why did St. Louis GM John Mozeliak sign up Miller before moving on Ohman or Rhodes? Your guess is as good as mine. Ohman allegedly received a lucrative offer from the Braves to stay put on Monday, so maybe St. Louis didn't think they could top it. Only the Cardinals front office knows why they picked Miller for sure, though it'll be interesting to see if murmurs about other suitors for the lefty trickle out after he officially signs today.
What do people think? Are lefty relief specialists going to be the first group of free agents to go completely off the board this offseason?
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