Another Indians marquee free agent has signed elsewhere.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they had signed Andrew Miller, 33, to a two-year deal that includes a vesting option for the 2021 season.
The deal is valued at $25 million plus the vesting option for $12 million and includes a full no-trade clause, according to Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and The Athletic. Miller made $9 million a year with the Indians, who acquired him at the 2016 trade deadline for a prospect haul that included Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield.
Upon being traded to the Indians, Miller became one of the key cogs during their run to the 2016 World Series, and was one of the best weapons in baseball. His military-grade slider led to a dominant postseason in which he tore through the lineups of the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, posting a 1.40 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. Only Corey Kluber pitched more innings for the injury-riddled Indians that postseason.
In his two and half seasons with the Indians, Miller had a 2.22 ERA, 2.30 FIP and an 11.0 K/9 rate. He struggled through multiple injuries in 2018 and only threw 34 innings, which came before a rough American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. He had been nearly untouchable before this past season (1.55 ERA following the trade in 2016, 1.44 ERA in 2017).
Michael Brantley also signed a two-year deal with the Astros this week, and Josh Donaldson agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. Reliever Cody Allen stands as the biggest free agent from the Indians’ 2018 roster still unsigned.
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