The Dodgers have officially made their Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney-esque signing of the offseason. They are reportedly in agreement on a one-year deal with free agent RHP Shelby Miller.
Dodgers in agreement with free-agent right-hander Shelby Miller, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2022
For those wondering, yes, it’s the same Shelby Miller. The one who was an All-Star in Atlanta in 2015. The one who pitched with the Diamondbacks for three seasons, when they acquired him in one of the worst trades in MLB history (they sent Dansby Swanson and more to Atlanta).
Well last year, Miller was with the Giants in their bullpen. The 32-year-old appeared in just four games, allowing five earned runs across seven innings. He did, however, strike out 14 batters.
The Dodgers clearly see this as a potential reclamation project, something they do quite well.
Miller hasn’t been a starter since 2019, and hasn’t pitched a full season since 2016. It remains to be seen whether they try to stretch him back out, or just use him in a bullpen role, but I’m sure Mark Prior will put his fair share of work into getting Miller back to dominant form.
At his best in 2015, Miller threw 205.1 innings across 33 starts. The Dodgers are in desperate need of an innings eater for next season, so we’ll see if they can work Miller back up to a starter level.
Either way, it’s another low risk move for Andrew Friedman and Brandon Gomes, something they clearly love.
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