>>Cardinals Closing in on Star Reliever Andrew Miller
The St. Louis Cardinals are close to a deal with free agent reliever Andrew Miller, according to multiple reports. It will be a multi-year deal, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo. Miller had received multiple two-year offers but has been seeking a three-year deal.
Miller, who will turn 34 on May 21, struggled in 2018 and missed time due to hamstring and shoulder issues while also ending up on the 60-day disabled list because of a right knee injury.
He finished with a 4.24 ERA in just 34 innings. Last season's injuries and struggles aside, Miller has been arguably one of the game's best relievers in recent years and he was an essential part of the Cleveland Indians' American League pennant-winning team in 2016.
From 2014-17, Miller complied a 1.72 ERA with averages of 14.5 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings. In 22 playoff games, Miller has a 1.09 ERA and 48 strikeouts from 33 innings pitched. He's only walked 11 for a 0.879 WHIP.
>>Cubs Extend With Broadcaster Pat Hughes
The Chicago Cubs and Entercom announced a multiyear contract extension to radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes on Thursday.
Hughes, who joined the Cubs radio broadcast in 1996, will enter his 24th season as the voice of the Cubs alongside analyst Ron Coomer on WSCR-AM. Terms were not disclosed.
Hughes began his baseball play-by-play career with the San Jose Missions (1978-1981) and the Columbus Clippers (1982). He joined Bob Uecker on the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network before signing on with the Cubs.
Hughes has been named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year eight times.