Rays still see Brad Miller as a starting shortstop

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Shortstop Brad Miller went from the Mariners to the Rays as part of a six-player trade on Thursday. He hit .248/.313/.394 over parts of three seasons at the major league level for the Mariners, who wound up using him in more of a utility role, including in the outfield, this past season. Miller ascended quickly through the Mariners’ minor league system after drafting him in the second round of the 2011 draft.

The Rays still see Miller, 26, as a starting-caliber shortstop, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ve liked him for a while. We’ve been impressed by his work at shortstop, and it’s always a plus to have a left-handed-hitting middle infielder,” Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said.

Miller will head into spring training with the Rays competing with Tim Beckham and Nick Franklin for the starting role at shortstop. Asdrubal Cabrera, who handled shortstop in 2015, is a free agent.