Once the lockout is over, free agency will resume. One underrated free agent still on the market is utility infielder, Brad Miller. Several teams could use his services in 2022, including the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is why the Cardinals should sign Brad Miller after the lockout.
Miller’s Recent Past
Miller actually spent some time in St. Louis already, believe it or not. It was during the 2020 season, which was shortened to 60 games due to the pandemic. Miller was signed in February before the shutdown to give the Cardinals some utility infield depth.
When the season finally began, Miller served as the team’s designated hitter. He got off to a hot start and entrenched himself in the cleanup spot in the Cards’ lineup. He cooled off a little towards the end of the season, but finished tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the team lead in home runs.
Unfortunately, Miller was not retained in 2021 and he signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. There, Miller continued to prove why he’s one of the most overlooked players in all of baseball. The super utility man earned a spot in Philadelphia’s starting lineup and popped 20 home runs in 2021.
Why The Cardinals Should Sign Brad Miller
Miller may not be the best average hitter on the planet, but he’s at least good enough to hit above the Mendoza Line. He’s usually at or around .250. He’s obviously got some decent power too, and the past two seasons were an indication of what kind of player he can be.
He can also play multiple positions. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote before the lockout began that the Cards were looking for a left-handed power bat off the bench. Goold said that they were specifically looking for someone who can play first base, third base, and the outfield. Miller can do all three, and with the DH likely coming to the National League, he would have a spot in the everyday lineup. And it’s not like the Cardinals are going to go out and sign Freddie Freeman.
Miller obviously isn’t a superstar, but that’s not what the Cards need. What they need is somebody who can perform all three of the qualifying functions they’re looking for, and somebody who can hit left handed. They were thin on bench depth in 2021, and Miller could help with that, or perform as the designated hitter. Perhaps he can even platoon with a guy like Juan Yepez or Nolan Gorman.
The ability to play multiple positions is something every team looks for in a player, and Miller certainly qualifies. Being a utility man and a left handed bat make him a valuable commodity, and it stands as a good reason why the Cardinals should sign Brad Miller after the lockout.
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