Athletics Designate Jai Miller For Assignment

The Athletics have designated Jai Miller for assignment according to a team press release. This move and the earlier Landon Powell move get Oakland's 40-man roster back down to 40 players following the Gio Gonzalez trade.

Miller, 27 in January, hit .276/.368/.588 with 32 homers and 16 steals in 475 plate appearances for the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate this season. He's a .235/.288/.368 career hitter in 73 big league plate appearances spread across the last four years. Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle says (on Twitter) that Miller had mentioned as an outfield candidate next year, so the team must be hoping he clears waivers.


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49 Comments on "Athletics Designate Jai Miller For Assignment"


Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

i don’t think he’ll make it through waivers, yes he has a god awful strikeout rate and teams won’t overlook that, but i don’t think they’ll overlook his power either. i just hope he clears though

harmony55
3 years 8 months ago

The 179 strikeouts last season at Triple A Sacramento could not have helped Jai Miller’s chances.

3 years 8 months ago

179 K in 110 G at AAA = 350 Ks at MLB. He’s not a big leaguer.

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

32 HRs in 110 G at AAA = 54 HRs at MLB. Big leaguer

3 years 8 months ago

If he was an MLB player, he would be. Especially on the A’s.

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

thanks

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

How’s his defense?  I could potentially see the Red Sox picking him up to platoon with Reddick in RF if he is a good defender there.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

he’s got good range and a strong arm from what i’ve read, from what i saw it looked like he got meh reads off the bat, but overall i think he’s solid 

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

Are u nuts? He has played 28 games in the majors and somehow he is gonna platoon for the Red Sox haha

Taylor Haberle
3 years 8 months ago

Much stranger things have happened.

PileOfSandwich
3 years 8 months ago

Darnell McDonald?

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

him, daniel nava, and jared head come to mind

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

I know, because it would be out of character for the Red Sox to pick up a guy off of the scrap heap, who was once thought to have potential, for essentially nothing.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

Hey, the Red Sox let Andrew Miller start games, so…

RocknRollFan77
3 years 8 months ago

The Red Sox wouldn’t give him the time of day. They want proven players, not aging AAA stars.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

They wouldn’t be interested in him as a starter, but they need a RH outfield bat to platoon/play off of the bench, and if they can get one for cheap, and assuming he plays good defense, I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be interested.

ctownboy
3 years 8 months ago

Let’s see;

He plays Left Field, Strikes Out a lot, hits Home Runs, is on the scrap heap and isn’t going to get paid a lot = Cincinnati Reds…..

3 years 8 months ago

Looks like Tribe material.  Probably better than Aaron Cunningham that they picked up last week and it would not have cost them anything in return to get Miller. 

bigdawg68
3 years 8 months ago

you mean braves…wren is licking his chops….ugh

Tyler Gresham
3 years 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly. Plus, he’s from central Alabama, so he’d be real close to home. This looks like destiny!

gamehawk
3 years 8 months ago

I said the Braves should take a flyer on this guy a while back and got crucified for it. If the Braves somehow got him he’d be a nice 4th OF type, who knows with some regular ABs he might be the guy to take over CF next season if he can develop a little more plate discipline.

3 years 8 months ago

Reds should claim him. Need an OF- and have room on the roster.

3 years 8 months ago

He’s too old and too flawed to get excited about, but I would rather
have seen him (or anybody under age 30) getting the ABs in 2011 that Oakland gave to old has-beens such as DeJesus and Matsui.

bigdawg68
3 years 8 months ago

i bet frank wren is licking his chops… the perfect fit for the braves….ugh

sportsnut969
3 years 8 months ago

He will get claimed by the indians with the Grady Sizemore question marks and Brantley proving  he is not a centerfielder they just cannot let a guy like this slip by  IMO.

Mattsui
3 years 8 months ago

This guy is the black Jay Bruce. Dozens of teams would be dumb not to try and claim this guy. He’s got an above average arm and Mike Stanton-esque power. I really hope he gets a chance to start everyday somewhere. I’d say he’s capable of averaging .245 BA, 35 HR, 15 SB, 95 RBI, with about 185 strikeouts. In that range. That’s certainly serviceable and he’s only 27, smack dab in the middle of his prime. He’s a perfect late bloomer breakout candidate in 2012 ala Carlos Pena, Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista.

VadaPinson
3 years 8 months ago

The Reds need the black Matt Holiday to play LF.  Were can we find him?

VadaPinson
3 years 8 months ago

The Reds need the black Matt Holiday to play LF.  Were can we find him?

3 years 8 months ago

throw him on the nats, reds, or mets.  why not dfa neil wagner or andrew carnigan first

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Neil Wagner and Andrew Carignan have all 3 of their options remaining, and Miller has none left. That’s one reason.

Not to mention Carignan put up strong numbers in Stockton, Midland and Sacramento last season, and still has plenty of time to improve. You can’t judge him by a 6.1 inning sample size from his very first major league stint. And the same applies for Wagner, who looks like he could be a late bloomer. His K/9 and BB/9 in Midland and Sacramento were fantastic over 66.1 innings this season, and his FIP wasn’t shabby either.

If anything, they probably should have DFA’d Pedro Figueroa before Miller. But definitely not Wagner or Carignan. They’re gonna need that bullpen depth anyway, now that Wuertz and Breslow are gone (and Bailey likely getting traded soon).

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

….

setupunchtag
3 years 8 months ago

Miller played in the PCL, which is very much a hitters league. Sacramento’s team OPS was .824. He could help a team out in a Emil Brown sort of way, but to expect him to hit 32 HR’s in the ML’s is wishful.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

i’m pretty sure he is

Devin Ruffner
3 years 8 months ago

Options wouldn’t clear space on the 40-man anyway… had to be DFA’d

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

no such thing as a 27 year old “good prospect”

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

WAS being the operative word here.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

definitely, i hope he makes it through and gets a shot in ST to be the a’s fourth OF

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Nelson Cruz might beg to differ.

RocknRollFan77
3 years 8 months ago

Jai Miller was one of the best two or three players (Choice, Mitchell) offensivley in the A’s organization in 2011 (32 hr’s, 88 RBIs, 16 sb’s). He was called up in late 2011 along with a few other players who had good years at AAA and looked like he could handle big league pitching a lot better than the other two (Michael Taylor, Anthony Recker). His big league numbers didn’t show it, but he had a lot of good at bats and made outs on several hard hit balls in September (I live in the Bay Area and watch almost every game on tv).

After what I saw from Miller in Sept. and the fact that Willingham, Crisp and DeJesus are gone, I was fully expecting Miller to win a starting outfield job in spring training. He was a late bloomer and will be 28 in a few weeks, but he’s goot some pop and looks like he can handle big league pitching. I hope he makes it through waivers!

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

He definitely is. His last option year was 2010.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Youkilis wasn’t still considered a prospect, but he had only played in 100ish games by the time he was 27.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Good point. And although they already had a lot of major league experience, Carlos Pena and Jose Bautista didn’t break out until the age of 29.

I don’t why so many people think that if a player hasn’t put it all together by the age of 25 or 26, that they’re never going to. It’s not all that rare for late bloomers emerge.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Well, to be honest, it is true more often than not, but there are enough examples of that ‘rule’ being broken that it’s wrong to make a definitive statement like his.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

We’re in full agreement.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

He’s going to buy a boat!

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

He’s going to buy a boat!

3 years 8 months ago

Physically retarded is an inappropriate term for physically disabled people, and its not cool to make jokes with disabled people as the punch line.  Its wrong to use word retarded at all really, unless you like to make jokes about disabled people…

3 years 8 months ago

I’m not laughing out loud about the physically disabled. I’m thinking that you dont realize how wrong it is to joke about the physically disabled.

3 years 8 months ago

I’m not laughing out loud about the physically disabled. I’m thinking that you dont realize how wrong it is to joke about the physically disabled.