Wednesday, December 3, 2014
ANDREW MILLER IS ON THE VERGE
Andrew Miller is on the verge of becoming one of the highest-paid (and probably over-paid) pitchers in baseball thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Yankees.
Miller, who finished the 2014 season with the Orioles and a 2.02 ERA—is reportedly looking at a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $40 million.
CBSSports.com has the scoop:
"Miller is all but assured of a four-year deal that's expected to pay him close to $40 million following a brilliant season for both Boston and Baltimore, and the Dodgers and Yankees are just the sort of teams that may be able to afford a set-up man with close to a $10 million annual salary.
It appears he will have a deal within a day or two."
The Dodgers are in dire need of a competent setup man after seeing their bullpen rank #22 in the MLB in ERA. Paying Miller $10 million a year to get to closer Kenley Jansen seems like a bargain in comparison to recent deals the team has made to Brandon League ($7.5 million per season) who had a mediocre 2014 season and to Brian Wilson ($10 million per season) who is all but dead weight on the Dodgers bench. If new GM Andrew Friedman lands Miller, it would be a promising sign to beleaguered Dodger fans.
The Yankees on the other hand look to enter 2015 with a strong bullpen. They’ve resigned Esmil Rogers and have returning all-star Dellin Betances returning to the lineup. If the Yanks can keep David Robertson and add Miller to the pen, they would have a formidable late-inning pitching trio that could carry them far into the post-season.
While Miller’s decision is still up in the air, the fact that two well-funded franchises are going after him will certainly assure the lefty a giant contract.
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
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