The Yankees have signed right-hander Shelby Miller, as per a staff press launch. Miller has been invited to the Yankees’ huge league spring camp.
Nonetheless solely 31 years previous, Miller is finest identified for his time with the Cardinals and Braves, when he posted a 3.22 ERA over 575 1/3 innings from 2012-15. With a third-place end in NL Rookie Of The 12 months voting and an All-Star look in 2015, Miller appeared like one in every of baseball’s burgeoning younger pitching stars, however he merely was by no means the identical after being dealt to the Diamondbacks in a now-infamous trade for Arizona followers.
Miller struggled in 2016 partially on account of a finger damage, after which pitched solely 38 extra innings throughout his D’Backs tenure on account of Tommy John surgical procedure. Since then, Miller has bounced round to 4 completely different groups making an attempt to revive his profession, most not too long ago pitching for the Cubs and Pirates in 2021. The righty had a mixed 9.24 ERA over 12 2/3 huge league innings final season, however a minimum of his Triple-A statistics (2.96 ERA, 37.75% strikeout price over 24 1/3 IP) supplied some trigger for optimism.
Whereas Miller technically made 4 Triple-A begins final 12 months, they had been extra of the abbreviated selection, and he appears to be kind of a full-time reduction pitcher at this level in his profession. New York would be the newest staff to try to get Miller on monitor, and he would hardly be the primary ex-starter to discover a second act as a viable reliever. At the price of a minor league deal, there’s no danger for the Yankees in seeing what Miller has in camp, and maybe stashing him at Triple-A ought to he settle for the project. Given the comparatively brief time between now and Opening Day, it doesn’t appear to be Miller has a shot at breaking camp with the staff.