The Phillies have announced that they have acquired veteran utilityman Brad Miller from the Yankees for cash considerations.
Miller will be joining his fourth different team of the 2019 season, following an offseason minor league contract with the Dodgers, and then subsequent minors pacts with the Indians and Yankees. Miller appeared in 13 big league games for the Tribe, and has been tearing up Triple-A pitching in the Yankees’ farm system, with a massive .994 OPS over 163 PA for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
While he did hit 30 homers for the Rays in 2016, Miller hasn’t been able to provide much consistency over 2545 career plate appearances for Seattle, Tampa, Milwaukee, and Cleveland. His career .240/.313/.409 slash line grades him as an exactly league-average 100 OPS+ for his career, though he’s had notably more success against right-handed pitching. This will provide Philadelphia with a sorely-needed left-handed bat for their bench mix.
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.
Yes. Hopefully, Miller can help the Phillies regain the first place in their division. I am sorry Braves fans.
Not as sorry as that joke
Almost as original as “WS here we come!”
Almost as original as “WS here we come!” or something similar
Aren’t you guys supposed to bust out the Eagles chant now that you’ve hit your first sign of adversity?
I already gave up on the eagles this year, so I’m just gonna watch netflix now.
Unless Miller throws six quality innings every five days, he will not solve the Phillies greatest problem.
As crazy as it sounds, offense has been as much as a problem as pitching.
Unless Miller throws six quality innings every five days, he will not solve the Phillies greatest problem
Your name is even sorrier
Yeah, I’m sure that Miller would like to get back onto a major-league roster after his many moves so far this year. At least the Yankees appear to have done Miller right by moving him somewhere he may more of a shot.
As flawed as he is he’s better than Franco
Franco was the Phillies best hitter at one point this year. Then he had a horrendous slump. Now he never plays. Tough to judge him really. Phillies giving him a very short leash.
4/5 isn’t a short leash
Franco has had 5+ seasons to be judged on what he can do.
I’d say close to 2,400 PA of a 90 wRC+ is enough.
its been long enough at this point. no more of him please.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if PHI tried to move Franco in a deadline deal. When I close my eyes I see him in a Padre uniform. SD would probably give him another couple years to find himself before he ultimately lands in Japan or Korea.
Remember that time he hit 30HRs in a season and then basically totaled that in all other seasons combined? More like Brady Miller amirite
Now there’s a blast from the past. He talked shizznit about Cleveland on his way out the door and has been in the minors since then. He should’ve taken the assignment to Columbus, he’d have been back up by now.
To be fair he was railroaded over like 10 inferior bats at the time.
He had 40 plate appearances, hit from the left which they had tons of and couldn’t play anywhere but 2B when a vacancy didn’t exist.
He would definitely be an upgrade over Kipnis. As much as I hate to say it, he would also have contributed more than Jose Ramirez this far.
10 homers in 163 AAA ABs, but no, better let Kendrys Morales get back to 100%
I highly doubt we’ll see Kendrys play a game once Judge and Stanton come back. Its not like Miller is good
Are Matt Klentak and the ownership group even aware the Phillies are in the National League?
Hes at least as good as franco
I’m as good as Franco right now and I don’t even play baseball! Pity his early season success dried up in a hurry. Phils never seemed fully committed to him after his rookie season when he was our clean up hitter. When the Phils do have a parade, it’s doubtful Franco or Odubel will be riding on any of the flat beds.
Phillies won’t be having a parade any time soon pal. Lmao
Sean Rodriguez might still have a place on the roster, but I feel as if Phil Gosselin doesn’t need any help to make himself redundant, he does that just fine on his own.
He’s better than what they have.
Why do people seem to think Quinn is going to be a savior? He sucks.
I’m not sure anyone considers Quinn to be a savior, but he has skills that very few on the Phillies have…namely he can get to and catch a fly ball. And overall he’s a better all-around offensive player than Nick Williams who either hits a home run (and that’s not even all that much of the time) or walks back to the dugout with the bat on his shoulders. Quinn’s problem is that he’s made of really thin glass, and a puff of air can cause him to break.
Phils just need to pray that he stays healthy at this point. I wouldn’t mind seeing Quinn leading off and playing CF everyday, but the ke word is ‘everyday’.
Surprised that the Dodgers didn’t make a run at Brad Miller after the Seager injury. Decent slash for a backup and even better against right-handed pitchers. Could have booted McCreey or Rocky Gale off the 40 man roster in place of Miller.
He’s a 1b only, at least as a Dodger, so it’s not that surprising considering the dearth of LHH/1B types the Dodgers have backed up.
Disagree with that. He’s played all over the field. Typical Dodger type of guy. Versatile glove (i.e. good enough to play all over the field) and great situational bat against righties. Plug him at SS or move him to 2B. Dodgers had him at spring training for his versatile glove and solid bat.
Solid player that can’t find a club. Truly amazes me.
Not great, but better than what we have on the bench. Would have preferred the Phils struck a deal with Miami for Neill Walker, but Miller will do in the interim. Not holding out big hopes for Roman Quinn. Some guys are just prone to get injured, and Quinn s Exhibit A. I’m more interested in Klentak trading for a SP. Maybe the Bucs have tired of Chris Archer and our coaches can get him right again? Wasn’t too long ago he was a consistent 200 K per year guy.