The Kansas City Royals for once are looking to buy at the trade deadline, not sell. At the top of the Royals’ wish list is a relief pitcher, and they may have a certain Boston Red Sox lefty specifically in mind.
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Royals are one of several teams interested in Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Miller. The Washington Nationals are also believed to be looking at Miller, who has a 2.45 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 48 appearances this year for Boston.
The whispers have not escaped Miller’s notice, but he says they don’t bother him:
“I can’t avoid the rumors. They’re inevitable. Whether something happens, I don’t know. It seems like there’s been years I’ve been on teams and everybody swears half the team is going to be traded and nothing ends up happening. Other times you think nothing is going to happen and it doesn’t. I guess it’s good to be wanted. It’s out of my control. I don’t have a no-trade to evoke. Whenever they tell me to pitch I’m ready to go.”
Miller is a free agent after the season, like many of the other Red Sox players currently being mentioned in rumors. Kansas City currently sits five games out of the AL Central race and 2 1/2 games out of the wild card.