One of the top relievers on the free-agent market this offseason is closing in on making a decision. Mark Rodgers, the agent of left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, told Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe that his client is moving closer to a decision. Carfado also notes that there are at least ten teams interested in signing Miller, as the Boston Red Sox are one team interested in his services.
Arguably one of the best relievers available, the 29-year-old left-gander has one of the best sliders in the game, contributing to many teams interested in him as a set-up man and even a closer.
According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Andrew Miller has multiple three-year and four-year deals, but it is more likely that he signs a four-year deal. Morosi also notes that the offers that Miller is receiving will eclipse the AAV record value of $6 million per year for relievers, as expected.
For both the Baltimore Orioles and the Red Sox, Miller put together a 5-5 record with a 2.02 ERA and a 192 ERA+ in 62.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen over 73 games. He was extremely effective against both right-handed and left-handed batters, compiling a .161/.206/.261 split against right-handed batters, while left-handed batters managed a .142/.245/.202 split against Miller.
In his nine-year career with the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Red Sox and Orioles, Miller has a career 30-38 record, along with a 4.91 ERA in 259 games pitched (66 starts). Starting out his career as a starter, he did not have much success. In his career as a starter, he has a 5.70 ERA over 325 innings pitched, compared to a 3.38 ERA over 167.2 innings pitched as a reliever.