St. Louis Cardinals continue pursuit of reliever Trever Miller
The Cardinals continued to work Friday toward an agreement with Trever Miller, a lefthanded reliever. Miller came to St. Louis on Thursday for a physical, and after its completion the Cardinals and Miller's agent remained in conversation about details of the contract. Multiple sources indicated that the framework for a two-year deal was in place.
While negotiating the deal with Miller, 35, the Cardinals remained in contact with agents for several other lefthanded relievers. They intend to add two lefty relievers from the free-agent pool, having already acquired Charlie Manning
via waivers and Ian Ostlund in a minor-league deal.
Sources said that the Cardinals and Cincinnati were two of the chief pursuers of Miller
, who was last with the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays.
The Cardinals and Miller's agent have declined to comment.
The Cards outrighted starter Mike Parisi to Class AAA, reducing their number of players on the 40-man roster to 36. The righthander had surgery on his pitching elbow at the end of the season, and he will miss most of the 2009 season recovering from the ligament transplant.
Parisi, a ninth-round pick in 2004, pitched in 10 games as a reliever and started two games for the Cardinals this past season, going 0-4 with a 8.22 earned-run average overall.
In Class AAA Memphis' starting rotation, Parisi went 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA. Opponents hit .252 against him in the minors.
— DERRICK GOOLD