The Yankees announced Monday that they’ve signed veteran infielder Brad Miller to a minor league contract. The ISE Baseball client was recently designated for assignment by the Indians and elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues.
The 29-year-old Miller hit .250/.325/.417 with a homer and three doubles in his short time with the Indians but lost out on his roster spot when Cleveland activated Jason Kipnis from the injured list. Miller isn’t a strong defender but has experience all over the infield as well as in the outfield corners, making him an interesting depth pickup for an injury-decimated Yankees club. The lefty-swinging utilityman is a career .240/.313/.409 hitter in 2545 plate appearances, including a .243/.322/.433 line against right-handed pitching.
At present, the Yankees have Greg Bird, Troy Tulowitzki, Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius all on the injured list, which has forced the club to carry a hodgepodge of largely unproven replacements. Mike Ford, Gio Urshela and Tyler Wade are all logging at-bats around the infield right now (in addition to DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres), and things in the outfield aren’t necessarily any better; Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton are all on the IL for the Yankees, leaving Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman in the starting lineup. To their credit, however, both Frazier and the relatively unknown Tauchman have performed quite well.