Andrew Miller has plenty of options.
Miller already has drawn interest from 22 teams in free agency, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The left-handed reliever reportedly is seeking at least a four-year contract on the open market.
Miller, whom the Boston Red Sox sent to the Baltimore Orioles at this year’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, is coming off his best season to date. The 29-year-old posted a 2.02 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 73 appearances split between the two teams. He struck out 103 batters in 62 1/3 innings, leading many to suggest he could evolve into a closer if placed in the right situation.
Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick earlier this week at the general managers meetings in Phoenix that his client is drawing interest from several teams needing a closer. Rodgers added that Miller is open to signing as a setup man or as a Plan B to an entrenched closer.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hasn’t ruled out bringing back Miller, who has been excellent since converting to a full-time reliever with Boston in 2012. The Sox clearly will have competition for the southpaw’s services, though.
Heyman suggests the Chicago Cubs — a rumored potential landing spot — probably won’t sign Miller.
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