The Phillies acquired infielder Brad miller from the Yankees on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. Miller will join the Phillies for the start of their series against the Braves in Atlanta on Friday. Miller, 29, is now with his fourth organization this year.
He signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in late February. He opted out near the end of spring training, then signed a one-year deal with the Indians days later. Though he hit well with the Indians, he was designated for assignment in mid-April, which shortly thereafter allowed the Yankees to ink him to a minor league deal.
Miller, 29, has played in almost 700 big league games. He hit 30 homers in 2016, but has struggled to stay in the majors since. He’s played 13 games with the Indians this season and hit .250/.325/.417 in 40 plate appearances.
He’s been hitting the ball very well with New York’s Triple A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with a slash line of .294/.399/.596 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 41 games. Miller has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors and has played first, second and third base and also some shortstop.
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Philadelphia has already been active in the trade market this season, landing Jay Bruce in a deal with the Mariners for a prospect.
The team has been struggling of late going 5-5 in its last 10 games and is now 1 1/2 games back of the Braves for first in the National League East.
Miller is a versatile left-handed hitter who can play every infield position and even some outfield if he is asked to. Miller isn’t known as much of a defender no matter the position, though he has experience at all seven infield and outfield positions over his seven-year career. He has exclusively worked in the infield over the last three seasons, however, so Miller could handle those duties while Jay Bruce and Scott Kingery see more time in the Phils’ troubled outfield.
With Miller now in the fold and Roman Quinn returning from the injured list this weekend, the Phillies are looking at a significant shakeup of their bench. Miller’s presence could make one of Sean Rodriguez or Phil Gosselin redundant, while Quinn could supplant Nick Williams as the primary backup outfielder.