Report: Houston out of the running for Miller

The Astros are looking for options to bolster their bullpen this offseason, however, they are reportedly unlikely to add one of the top closers on the market. Left-hander Andrew Miller could make his decision as early as this week and the Astros are not expected to be the club that lands him, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

CBSSports.com reported this week that the Astros were intrigued by Miller’s strikeout rate, 14.9 K’s per nine innings in 2014. Houston would have made Miller their closer, although he has served as a setup man throughout his career.

The Astros’ bullpen has been one of the club’s biggest weakness during the past two seasons. The team blew 25 saves in 2014, one behind the Rockies for the most in the Majors, and led the majors the year prior with 29. Their bullpen has blown 73 saves since 2012.

Houston seems poised to turn to other options for relief help, which could include David Robertson or Sergio Romo.

Detroit and Boston seem to have dropped out of the race for Miller as well, leaving the Yankees to seemingly emerge as the top option to land him. Miller’s decision could come down to which team offers him a fourth year.

– Jamal Collier

1 Comment

Add “one of the top closers on the market”?!?! Wrong. Perhaps the Astros were going to use him as a closer, but you can’t call him one of the top closers on the market if he’s always been a setup man. Saying “one of the top RELIEVERS on the market” would be the accurate thing to say, and accuracy preserves your credibility.

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