The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, the club announced Friday. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, is for $25 million and has a $12 million vesting option if Miller pitches in 110 combined games in 2019-20.
After acquiring the big bat they'd been seeking with a trade for Paul Goldschmidt, the Cardinals shifted their focus to the back end of the bullpen. That led them to Miller, who has been one of baseball's best left-handed relievers since converting to the role with Boston in 2012, and twice finished among the top 10 in American League Cy Young balloting while with the Yankees and Indians. Miller is 33 years old and coming off a season in which he was limited to 34 innings in 37 appearances because of injuries.
Miller was a force for Cleveland after a midseason trade in 2016, earning AL Championship Series MVP honors for a team that pushed the Cubs all the way to a World Series Game 7. Miller logged 19 1/3 innings that postseason while pitching in 10 of the Indians' 15 games, helping to usher in an era of increased reliance on bullpens throughout baseball.