Andrew Miller signs two-year deal with Cardinals


Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS— Andrew Miller is heading west: The free agent left-handed reliever has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a two-year deal with a vesting option for 2021.

Miller gives the Cardinals a long-sought elite option in the bullpen. Terms were not disclosed Friday.

One of baseball’s best relievers when healthy, Miller struggled with nagging injuries with the Cleveland Indians last season, including three trips to the disabled list. The two-time All-Star had a sore shoulder, a hamstring issue and inflammation in his right knee, limiting him to a 2-4 record with a 4.24 ERA in 37 games.

He made 57 appearances in 2017, his first full season with the Indians, who acquired him in a trade with the New York Yankees in July 2016.

The 33-year-old Miller was a key reason the Indians advanced to the World Series in 2016 and he was voted the MVP of the ALCS that year, striking out 14 batters in 7.2 innings.

The Indians will have a different look come Opening Day. Lonnie Chisenhall signed with the Pirates, Yan Gomes was traded to the Nationals, Edwin Encarnacion to the Mariners, Yandy Diaz to the Rays, Yonder Alonso was traded to the White Sox and Michael Brantley signed with the Astros.

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