Tigers not in on Andrew Miller
From the day Andrew Miller hit the open market, the Tigers have been viewed as a logical suitor. They had a trade in the works at the July 31 deadline before the Orioles trumped their offer. They have a history with Miller, who was their first-round draft pick in 2006, a part of their bullpen later that year and a starter the next summer before going to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera trade. And of course, Detroit is always viewed as a big-market spender.
In this case, however, the Tigers are out of the bidding, and do not appear to have ever been in it. The only contact from the Tigers on Miller, according to an industry source, was a meeting with Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, at baseball’s General Managers Meetings, where there was a common understanding that Miller’s market was headed beyond what the Tigers would — or could — spend.
That echoes a report from the Detroit News last week that the Tigers were out on Miller.
The Tigers were busy at the GM Meetings, signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million contract and acquiring speedy center fielder Anthony Gose from Toronto. They also essentially bid farewell to Torii Hunter, indicating that they would not likely re-sign the free-agent right fielder. While re-signing Martinez, trading for a young center fielder and parting ways with Hunter were expected, the decision on Miller is a bit of a surprise, given the Tigers’ bullpen issues in 2014. However, Detroit has generally avoided lucrative long-term contracts with relievers in favor of shorter-term deals and trades. Joaquin Benoit’s is the only non-closing reliever to get a multi-year free-agent contract from Detroit over the last 10 years, signing a three-year, $15 million deal after the 2010 season.
— Jason Beck