The Boston Red Sox have been receiving lots of calls regarding left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, according to Peter Gammons. He reports that he is the most wanted trade candidate from the Red Sox because of the large amount of teams that need a left-handed relief pitcher.
One team that is likely to make a run at Miller is the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are in desperate need of a southpaw out of the bullpen, which has been made their number one priority with Luis Avilan‘s recent struggles, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. In addition to Miller, the team is also looking at Chicago Cubs relievers Wesley Wright and James Russell.
Any team would be able to afford Miller, who comes very cheap as he just has $800K remaining on his deal. He will also be eligible for free agency at the end of this season, which puts him under the category of a rental.
Andrew Miller, 29, has pitched very well for the Red Sox this season after many years of struggles, despite being viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball. In 38 innings this year, he has a 2.13 ERA, a 14.4 K/9, a 2.8 BB/9 and a 1.46 FIP. His strikeout rate is the third best in all of the majors among pitchers qualified (had to of had at least thirty innings pitched this season).