Ryan Franklin receives our selection as the top relief pitcher on the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals…
On Tuesday, the St. Louis
Cardinals announced that they have reached agreements on contract extensions for
both All-Star closer Ryan Franklin and lefty specialist Trever Miller.
Miller will make $2 million in base salary in 2010 with a club option for $2 million in 2011 with a $1 million buyout if he appears in 45 games next season. Franklin's deal is for a reported $6.5 million plus incentives covering the two seasons.
"We are pleased to announce that
both Ryan and Trever will remain in a Cardinals uniform for the foreseeable
future," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager
"It is no secret that when we entered spring training, the question of who would be our closer was unsettled," said Mozeliak. "‘Franky' has responded to that challenge in a big way, and our club would not be where we are today without his outstanding performance and leadership."
Since joining the Cardinals in
Miller, 36, was signed by the Cardinals as a free-agent last November and has continued to excel in his role as a left-handed relief specialist, going 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 56 games.
"Having the ability to get that one or two big outs in a key situation, against some of the game's top hitters, is a role that Trever has thrived in," said Mozeliak. "Knowing that he will be continuing in that role heading into next year is a key component to our bullpen's make-up as we move forward."
A veteran of nine-plus seasons in the majors, Miller's career totals include an 18-14 mark with 10 saves and a 4.22 ERA in 575 appearances. Miller is ranked 1st among Major League lefthanders in games pitched since 2003, totaling 470 appearances over that seven-year span.
The 6-3, 200-pound Miller has limited left-handed batters to .100 batting mark (8-for-80) in 2009, the top mark in the majors, while fanning 33 and walking just 5. He has allowed just 6 of 47 inherited runners (13 pct.) to score, the 4th best percentage in all of baseball, trailing only teammate Kyle McClellan (8 pct., 2 of 25), Jason Bergmann and Joe Thatcher. Miller has allowed just 30 of 172 (17 pct.) inherited runners to score over the past four seasons – the top mark in the majors (min. 150 inherited runners).