The Phillies acquired infielder Brad miller from the Yankees on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. Miller will join the Phillies for the start of their series against the Braves in Atlanta on Friday.
Miller, 29, is now with his fourth organization this year. He signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in late February. He opted out near the end of spring training, then signed a one-year deal with the Indians days later. Though he hit well with the Indians, he was designated for assignment in mid-April, which shortly thereafter allowed the Yankees to ink him to a minor league deal.
Miller posted a .742 OPS in 40 plate appearances for the Indians. He spent the last two months with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting an impressive .294/.399/.596 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 163 PA.
The Phillies have been bit hard by the injury bug, so they really value Miller’s versatility. He could play some third base in place of the struggling Maikel Franco, and he could get the occasional start in the outfield as well.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.