Trever Miller Released
The Chicago Cubs have announced on Monday that they have released veteran left handed pitcher Trever Miller. The move comes after the breaking reports earlier Monday morning that the Cubs have signed reliever Matt Camp to a Minor League deal. Despite Camp’s late arrival, manager Dale Sveum is familiar with the relief pitcher, and Camp will have an opportunity to the make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. Camp is among the candidates for the remaining two or three spots in the Cubs’ bullpen.
Miller never really had much of an opportunity to make the Cubs’ 25 man roster. The injury to reliever Marco Mateo opened a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen, and Miller was in competition with Scott Maine, Rule V Pick Lendy Castillo, and Frankie De La Cruz for a spot in the bullpen. Castillo is relatively inexperience as he has yet to pitch beyond the Double A level, but the former Philadelphia Phillies’ farmhand has impressed manager Dale Sveum this Spring. While Sveum has yet to commit to any pitcher beyond Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, James Russell, and Rafael Dolis; it would seem that Castillo likely has a spot on the Cubs’ 25 man roster. Remember, if Castillo is not on the Cubs’ 25 man roster the Cubs would be forced to send him back to the Phillies organization.
Nonetheless, on a team that was looking towards the future, Miller was facing an uphill battle to make the team. Miller had done nothing this Spring to get himself noticed by the Cubs’ coaching staff. Miller has appeared in 8 Spring games posting an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.08.
Miller now joins Omar Infante on the list of players with short-lived Cubs’ careers.