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.
deal runs thru the 2011 season, while Miller’s is for 2010 with a vesting option
for the 2011 season.
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 John Mozeliak.
“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.”
Franklin, 36, is currently leading the
National League with 35 saves and owns the majors’ top ERA (1.05) among
relievers. Franklin has converted 35 of 37 (94.6 pct.) save opportunities on the
season, the 2nd best single-season conversion rate among Cardinals
with 30 or more saves, trailing only Tom Henke (94.7 pct. in 1995). Selected to his first All-Star team in
last month became just the 7th Cardinals pitcher to compile a 30 save
Franklin has held the opposition to a .183
batting average, allowing just two home runs and 14 walks in his 51.2 innings
pitched this season. He has
converted each of his last 11save opportunities – just the fourth double-digit
save streak by a Cardinals closer since 1954.
Since joining the Cardinals in
has gone 12-11 with 53 saves and a 2.74 ERA in 195 games. His 2.74 ERA is the 5th
lowest in the majors since 2007 among relievers with a minimum of 50 saves/175.0
IP, trailing only Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano Rivera and Francisco Rodriguez.
Franklin’s career mark currently stands at
53-68 with a 4.05 ERA in over nine seasons with Seattle (1999, 2001-05), Cincinnati (2006), Philadelphia (2006) and St. Louis (2007-09).
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
“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
The Louisville, KY native has
made stops with Detroit (1996), Houston (1998-99 & 2006-07), Philadelphia (2000), Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Toronto (2003), Tampa Bay
(2004-05 & 2008) and St.
Louis (2009) over the course of his big league