Adam Miller returns to Indians on minor league deal
The Indians announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Adam Miller to a minor league deal on Tuesday.
Miller, 29, was a first round pick by the Indians in 2003 and pitched with them for nine seasons before he left as a free agent after the 2011 season. He signed with the Yankees on a minor league deal and was released, and last season pitched in independent ball for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League.
Miller was the Indians' number one prospect in the system for several seasons but a finger injury which first cropped up in 2008 derailed a once promising career where he was once considered one of the top three or four pitching prospects in all of baseball. He pitched in just six total games over three years from 2008-2010, had four finger surgeries and finally came back in 2011 in a relief role.
Miller's days as a top shelf starting pitching prospect are over, so he is trying to make a comeback in a bullpen role. It remains to be seen whether the Indians will give him the opportunity, but he probably will open the season in extended spring training so the Indians can build him up and get an additional look at him before sending him to Double-A Akron or Triple-A Columbus as a depth arm.
The Red Sox offered Sizemore a major league deal at last minute. He was planning to sign minor league deal with the Reds until the Red Sox offered the major deal. I bet the Reds wish they offered him a major deal. He could have been the starter for the Reds to replace Choo and give Hamilton another year to develop.
I guess last question: based on all he's been through with the finger, the age, stats etc, why do you think the Indians took a flyer on him? Any chance they saw something? Or is it just a feel good story to give a quality guy a shot? I guess I'm hoping that despite the stats they saw some return in velocity or other positive like Kaz displayed while with Sugarland.
36 G (5 starts, 31 relief outings)/4.79 ERA/1.50 WHIP/62 IP/36 K/26 BB.
Would be nice for him to make the Majors, even if only for a brief period. Good luck to him.
I wish we had made more of these no risk deals this offseason. If you want Santana at 3B Grady Sizemore would have been a perfect DH option. He is going to be the Red Sox starter in CF to open the season. So, pissed we didn't try and sign him.