Dodgers conform to one-year take care of reliever Shelby Miller

In what could be the crew’s first free-agent signing of the offseason, the Dodgers agreed to phrases Tuesday on a significant league contract with pitcher Shelby Miller, pending a bodily.

Miller, 32, is a 10-year veteran and former All-Star starter who has transitioned to the bullpen in current seasons and appeared in 4 video games with the San Francisco Giants in 2022.

He has a profession 4.21 ERA and hasn’t pitched in additional than 19 video games in a season since 2016.

Miller informed the San Francisco Chronicle final week he had obtained a number of large league gives after changing into a free agent. The Dodgers apparently emerged as his most popular vacation spot. And now, he appears to be in line for a depth function within the bullpen.

The one-year deal, which Miller confirmed in an Instagram submit, was first reported by the Athletic. In response to ESPN, it’s price $1.5 million assured, plus efficiency bonuses.

A former first-round select of highschool in Texas who was an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves in 2015, Miller has struggled to stay within the majors for a lot of the final half-decade.

After being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in change for Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte forward of the 2016 season, Miller battled accidents and struggled mightily over the subsequent three years earlier than changing into a free agent in 2018.

He spent 2019 with the Texas Rangers, the place he started making common aid appearances for the primary time. He opted out of the pandemic-altered 2020 season whereas with the Milwaukee Brewers. He appeared in 17 video games with the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs within the two years since.

Although his ERA within the majors as a reliever is 6.34, Miller had some success within the minor leagues the final two years, posting a 2.90 ERA whereas averaging greater than 12 strikeouts per 9 innings in 56 triple-A appearances.

In his transient stint with the Giants on the finish of final season, he struck out 14 batters in seven innings, flashing a new-look arsenal centered on a slider that the right-hander added in 2021.

With the Dodgers, Miller in all probability received’t be thrust right into a high-leverage function. The crew is bringing again breakout star Evan Phillips, veteran Daniel Hudson (who is anticipated to be prepared for the season after tearing a knee ligament in June) and different key relievers reminiscent of Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol and Yency Almonte.

However as a veteran with the power to pitch a number of innings, Miller nonetheless suits a mould the crew has sought in current seasons — a low-risk, high-upside addition who may assist fortify its depth coming into the brand new yr.