The #tigers are making a big push for Andrew Miller, says a source.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2014
Miller was originally drafted by the Tigers in the first round of the 2006 draft. He made 21 appearances with the Tigers in 2006 and 2007 -- including a start in the infamous 3:30 am walkoff win against the New York Yankees -- but is best known for being one of the six players that the Tigers sent to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.
Miller spent three seasons with the Marlins before being traded to the Red Sox. He made 12 starts for the Red Sox in 2011, but has exclusively pitched out of the bullpen -- and pitched very well -- since then. This season, Miller has a 2.34 ERA and 1.69 FIP in 42 1/3 innings. Miller also has 69 strikeouts to just 13 walks, and left-handed batters are hitting just .150/.203/.217 with one home run.
It's anyone's guess what the Tigers will have to give up in order to get Miller, but today's trades have shown that this season's deadline is truly a seller's market. The Red Sox have already picked up Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, and a draft pick in exchange for Jon Lester and John Lackey. Meanwhile, many people -- myself included -- thought that the Tigers overpaid for Joakim Soria last week.