After the Tigers traded away Andrew Miller in the Miguel Cabrera deal, and after they failed to get him back at the 2014 Trade Deadline, it appears the Tigers will go in a different direction all together regarding the relief pitcher.
Sorry, #Tigers fans. A source tells me Detroit will NOT sign Andrew Miller. Dombrowski never even called his agent.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) November 25, 2014
A report from the Detroit News’ Tony Paul states that a source close to the player said the Tigers never even made an attempt to sign the free agent lefty.
Miller’s camp was looking for a 4-year deal worth up to $10 million a year, a number a little too steep for the Tigers, even though their bullpen problems are well documented. The issue most fans will have is that the Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski reportedly never even made contact to see if there was a mutual interest. A left handed reliever who had 103 strikeouts in 62.1 innings last season is at least worth a phone call. Maybe it’s a smart move for Dombrowski & Co, who clearly need more than 1 relief pitcher and don’t want to spend that much money on just one.
Regardless of what happens with Andrew Miller, the Tigers have plenty of work to do on the bullpen. Stay tuned.