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Brad Miller joins Phillies in deal with Yanks

Brad Miller
The Phillies acquired veteran utility player Brad Miller from the Yankees Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. (Photo by John Sleezer/Getty Images)

Brad Miller is one of those guys that might slip your mind when you think of players who have hit 30 home runs in a season. Since reaching the 30 home run plateau in 2016, Miller has been up and down between the majors and minors. Now, he’ll return to the majors after being acquired by the Phillies for cash considerations from the Yankees.

Miller was playing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and has a slash line of 10-29-.294/.399/.596 in 41 games this season with the RailRiders. The Phillies will be Miller’s fourth different organization in 2019. He originally signed with the Dodgers in February and a month later was granted his release and signed a one-year deal with Cleveland. Two weeks later, he was designated for assignment and when the Indians outrighted him to Triple-A, he elected to become a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the Yankees and has been with Scranton until Thursday’s trade.

This season, Miller has played 13 games in the majors with Cleveland and hit one home run, drove in four and hit .250/.325/.417 as an Indian before being designated for assignment. In his major league career, Miller has played every infield and outfield position, but has primarily been a shortstop and second baseman. In 693 major league games, Miller has a slash line of 76-272-.240/.409/.722 with Seattle, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee and Cleveland. In 2016, Miller hit 30 home runs and drove in 81 runs with the Rays.

The Phillies will officially add Miller to their roster Friday in time for the start of a weekend series in Atlanta. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, reliever Seranthony Dominguez will likely be transferred to the 60-day IL, while Sean Rodriguez may be placed on the IL to clear a spot on the Phillies 25-man roster.

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