On Tuesday the Dodgers made their first real move of the offseason, signing 32-year-old RHP Shelby Miller. Miller was an All-Star in 2015 with Atlanta, but hasn’t really been the same pitcher ever since. Last year, he appeared in four games out of the Giants bullpen.
However, the Dodgers seem to like these kind of low risk, reclamation project moves. We saw them make two last season with Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney, and those turned out awfully well. The contract for Miller is reported to be one-year, $1.5 million, with performance-based incentives. So truly a low risk move.
Dodger fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the signing, and most were in the same boat. They liked the potential of pitching coach Mark Prior doing what he does best.
Prior about to cook another great arm out of the pen
— Alex ??????(19-23)(Depressed LAL Fan) (@Fire__Monkey23) November 30, 2022
Showed promise in very small sample size last year, 14K’s and .40 FIP, I’d hope this isn’t the only pitching move we do but in mark prior we trust
— Oasis Fan Account (@RyderBarrett) November 30, 2022
It will be a move we will talk about when he pitches in big spots during the regular season when someone in the bullpen is hurt. Seen that movie before, hope the pitching coaches turn him into somenthing special as always
— Cássio Lyra (@CassioLyra_) November 30, 2022
Nice!!! Great talent. Kind of broken for a few years but there is no better team at fixing broken toys than the Dodgers. He’s gonna be a steal
— Brent Cogburn (@thunderousbdc) November 30, 2022
A few were even more hopeful about the move.
He will probably be an All-Star next year haha
— Joey Mistretta (@JoeyMistretta_) November 30, 2022
He will be our highest leverage reliever by August.
— Eddie Carrillo (@EddieC_89) November 30, 2022
Not all the comments, however, were positive though.
I am not HAPPY about this! We supposed to be making strides in the other direction. We let Tyler go. We on a budget all the sudden?
— DodgersFan1971 (@JamesSp11399475) November 30, 2022
Just look up his ERA last year, the year before, and before, and before that…. HORRIBLE!
— Scott Stewart (@Bugs9) November 30, 2022
It’ll be interesting to see exactly what role Miller has, but to me, it feels like a low risk, high reward move. He was an All-Star once in his career — maybe Prior and the Dodgers can get him back to that level.
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