Cards continue talks with lefty Miller

Cards continue talks with lefty Miller

The negotiations between the St. Louis Cardinals and left-handed reliever Trever Miller were continuing Saturday.

So what was believed to be a deal in the making on Thursday remains undone into the weekend. Miller was reported to be close to a two-year contract on Thursday. However, after Miller had a physical examination in St. Louis that day, he left without signing.

According to both sides on Saturday, there was nothing new to report.

Signing a left-handed reliever was a priority for general manager John Mozeliak this offseason and Miller, a free agent from the Tampa Bay Rays, seems a good fit.

A lefty specialist, Miller held left-handed batters to a .209 average in 2008, when he posted a 2-0 record, two saves and a 4.15 ERA in 68 games. Last season, he had the Majors' fourth-best mark in keeping inherited runners from scoring, allowing only six of 37.

On Oct. 15, the Cardinals picked up left-hander Charlie Manning, who was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 57 games for the Washington Nationals. They also have signed Minor League free agent Ian Ostlund, a lefty who was 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit organization.

The Cardinals were believed to be continuing to survey the market, which included such lefty relievers as Arthur Rhodes, Joe Beimel, Will Ohman, Dennys Reyes and Darren Oliver.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.