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Cardinals ink lefty reliever Trever Miller12/03/2008 3:35 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent relief pitcher Trever Miller on a one-year contract for the upcoming 2009 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Miller, 35, is a veteran of eight-plus seasons in the majors and was a member of the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays this past season. Miller went 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 2008, appearing in 68 games - the 7th highest total among American League lefties. His career totals include a 14-14 mark with 10 saves and a 4.43 ERA in 519 appearances. Miller is ranked T3rd among Major League lefthanders in games pitched since 2003, totaling 414 appearances over that seven-year span. "Improving our bullpen - especially from the left side - is something that we have been continually focused on," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "We feel that today's addition of Trever Miller - an experienced lefty reliever with a proven track record - is a very good step in that direction." The 6-3, 200-pound Miller limited left-handed batters to .209 batting mark (19-for-91) in 2008 while fanning 30 and walking just 10. He allowed a total of just two home runs in his 43.1 innings pitched overall last season and allowed just 6 of 37 inherited runners (16 pct.) to score, the 4th best percentage in all of baseball, trailing only J.P. Howell, Jason Frasor and Jonathan Paplebon. Miller has allowed just 24 of 125 (19 pct.) inherited runners to score over the past three seasons - the top mark in the Majors (min. 100 inherited runners). The Louisville, KY native has made stops with Detroit (1996), Houston (1998-99 & 2006-07), Philadelphia (2000), Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Toronto (2003) and Tampa Bay (2004-05 & 2008) over the course of his big league career. He's made just one error in his Major League career, that coming in 2005, and he posted a Major League record streak of 121 straight appearances without receiving a decision from Sept. 30, 2006 to Aug. 3, 2008 when he was the winner vs. Detroit.
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