The Los Angeles Dodgers are also in “serious pursuit” of free agent reliever Andrew Miller, according to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN.
Miller emerged as one of the best relievers in baseball last season with the Baltimore Orioles, after beginning the season with the Boston Red Sox. In 20 innings for the O’s, he posted a 1.35 ERA, a 1.13 FIP, and a 15.3 K/9 rate which led the league. He features a fastball that can touch 97 MPH, and a wipe out slider that helped him be effective against both right handed and left handed hitters.
He held righties to a .145 batting average, and lefties hit just .163 off the 29-year old veteran.
Miller was a starting pitcher during the early part of his career, but the Red Sox decided to move him to the bullpen full-time in 2012. Miller is the best reliever on the market, and a lot of teams would love to acquire his services. He is expected to get a four-year deal.
If the Dodgers sign Miller, he would form a nice 1-2 punch at the back-end of the bullpen with Kenley Jansen. Earlier today, Olney also reported that the Yankees were in “serious pursuit of Miller. According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros are also interested in Miller.