Former Phillies utility player Brad Miller is heading to the Texas Rangers
Former Phillies utility man Bamboo Brad Miller is heading down south to join the Texas Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Brad Miller joined the Phillies in 2019, after being traded from the Yankees for cash considerations. Miller filled the bench utility role that season, taking Jay Bruce’s spot on the bench who was filling in for Andrew McCutchen in left field. Miller hit .263 for the Phillies during his first stint in Philadelphia, slashing 12 home runs and 21 RBIs in 118 at-bats.
Miller headed out to St. Louis for the shortened COVID season in 2020, signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Cardinals. He played 48 games for the Cards that year, knocking in 25 RBIs. Once the season was done, Miller hit the market again and found his way back to Philadelphia for his second stint with the Phillies.
Brad Miller re-signed with the Phillies on a one-year, $3.5 million contract in February of 2021. Miller had many special moments last season, including a three home-run game against the Cubs, and a walk-off grand slam against the Nationals. Miller hit .227/.321/.453 in 2021, playing 140 games. He crushed 20 HRs, 49 RBIs, and 75 hits.
Losing Brad Miller is unfortunate for the Phillies. Although he wasn’t an everyday starter, he was a great locker-room guy, was very close to Bryce Harper, and was a clutch hitter off the bench. Along with Brad Miller, the team lost Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday as well, who will be joining the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies will look to add bats to their lineup in free agency, having already been linked to Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber. Dave Dombrowski has already signed Brad Hand, Jeurys Familia, and Dillon Maples to bolster the bullpen. Odubel Herrera will also be returning to the Phillies in 2022.
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