Dodgers agree to one-year deal with reliever Shelby Miller

In the team’s first free-agent signing of the offseason, the Dodgers on Tuesday agreed pitcher Shelby Miller to a major-league contract pending a physical.

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

He has a career 4.21 ERA and has not played more than 19 games in a season since 2016.

miller said the San Francisco Chronicle Last week he had received several big league offers after becoming a free agent. The Dodgers apparently turned out to be his preferred target. And now it seems it’s his turn for a profound role in the bullpen.

The one-year deal, which Miller confirmed in an Instagram post, was first reported by Athletic. According to ESPN, it has a guaranteed value of $1.5 million plus performance bonuses.

A former Texas high school first-round pick who was a 2015 Atlanta Braves All-Star, Miller has struggled to stay in the majors for much of the past half decade.

After being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2016 season in exchange for Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte, Miller struggled with injuries and struggled mightily over the next three years before becoming a free agent in 2018.

He spent 2019 with the Texas Rangers, where he made his first regular appearance as a substitute. He has retired from the pandemic-altered 2020 season with the Milwaukee Brewers. In the two years since, he has played 17 games for the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Though his ERA in the majors as a reliever is 6.34, Miller has had some success in the minor leagues over the past two years, averaging a 2.90 ERA while averaging more than 12 strikeouts per 56 Triple-A appearances scored nine innings.

In his brief stint with the Giants late last season, he hit 14 batters in seven innings and flashed a new-look arsenal centered on a slider the right-hander added in 2021.

With the Dodgers, Miller probably won’t be pushed into a high-impact role. The team brings back breakout star Evan Phillips, veteran Daniel Hudson (who is expected to be ready for the season after torn knee ligaments) and other key helpers like Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol and Yency Almonte.

But as a veteran with the ability to field multiple innings, Miller still fits into a form the team has sought in recent seasons — a low-risk, high-upside addition that could help bolster its depth in the new year .

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-11-29/dodgers-shelby-miller-one-year-deal-veteran-reliever Dodgers agree to one-year deal with reliever Shelby Miller

Emma Bowman

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