Chicago Cubs: Options aplenty next offseason outside of Bryce Harper
By Jake Misener
Chicago Cubs: Another elite reliever on the market
In the last three years, Andrew Miller represents the best of the best when it comes to left-handed relievers.
Across 187 regular season appearances, the southpaw owns a 1.93 FIP, 0.785 WHIP, 14.4 K/9 and 6.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio. It’s honestly hard to find anything to pick apart, if you will, when it comes to the Indians’ fireman.
What makes him even more interesting for the Cubs? He’s not a closer. He’s a weapon you dispatch with the game on the line – when you need to shut down the opponent. And he does so near-perfectly.
Miller turns 33 this summer – but will undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after free agents next offseason. If the Cubs truly want to build a bullpen among the best in baseball, someone like Kimbrel or Miller is a must.
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The Cubs have focused almost exclusively on pitching in recent draft after building an enviable young core of position players through the farm system. Most of those arms have promise, but are far from big-league ready. Adding an Andrew Miller to this core – and a rotation that is under control for the next three years – puts Chicago in a position to play in October for years to come.