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Twins to acquire Ian Miller from Mariners

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The Twins have a deal in place to acquire minor league outfielder Ian Miller from the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported Friday. While the trade has yet to be confirmed by either side, Divish says the Mariners will likely receive cash considerations from Minnesota.

It’s been a long road for Miller, whose past seven seasons in Seattle’s farm system have yet to yield a major-league call-up. The 27-year-old outfielder has been in a holding pattern at Triple-A Tacoma since 2017, and will leave the organization batting .269/.351/.449 with 11 home runs, 29 stolen bases (in 34 chances), and a .799 OPS through 445 plate appearances in 2019.

Per Divish, the Mariners had no plans to call up Miller this year and would have lost him to minor league free agency after the 2019 season. It’s unclear whether the Twins have any intention of utilizing the journeyman outfielder in the majors over the final seven weeks of the regular season; though his speed makes him an undeniable asset on the basepaths, he may take an assignment in Triple-A Rochester until rosters expand in September.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.