The Cubs Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Cardinals

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Chicago Cubs should steal reliever Andrew Miller away from the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Chicago Cubs should steal reliever Andrew Miller away from the St. Louis Cardinals. / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs have made the postseason in five of the past seven years, but that didn't stop the sting of a fourth-place NL Central finish in 2021. With approximately $96.8 million in luxury cap space and a new shortstop in Andrelton Simmons, Chicago will have to keep pushing in free agency to keep pace in the division.

That's exactly why the Cubs should steal two-time All-Star Andrew Miller away from the St. Louis Cardinals in free agency.

Cubs Free Agency

As a 71-win team, Chicago struggled both on the mound and behind the plate last year. The lack of pitching was more notable evidenced by their 5.2 runs allowed per game (28th). Chicago did bring in Marcus Stroman to address the starting rotation but some clear needs still exist in the bullpen.

Miller did not impress during his final season with the Cardinals, pitching to a 4.75 ERA and striking out just 10.0 batters per nine innings - his lowest mark since 2011. But, that means grabbing him at a discount and adding a proven veteran lefty in the back end of the pen.

Left-handed relievers always have a place on MLB rosters, especially ones with 63 career saves under their belts. Miller isn't far removed from an All-Star appearance in 2017 (1.44 ERA) and a 2.77 ERA in 2020. Taking away from the Cardinals' bullpen depth is another win and makes this move a no-brainer.

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