Miller opted out of the 2020 season Monday. Miller didn't make the Brewers' Opening Day roster and was working at the team's alternate training site in Appleton. However, he'll elect to sit out the remainder of the season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 29-year-old signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers during the offseason but should be ready to compete for a role with a major-league pitching staff ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Miller did not land a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Miller had a shot to land one of the 30 spots on the Brewers' roster, but he was behind the eight ball after signing a minor-league deal over the offseason, and he did not do enough to force the Brewers to make a 40-man roster move. Miller figures to head to the Brewers' alternate training site and will still have a chance to pitch for the big club at some point this season.
Miller is in the conversation for a spot in the Brewers' rotation but will likely open the season in the minors, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Brewers clearly like Miller, signing him to contracts both this year and last, but it seems they want to see him sustain success at the minor-league level before adding him to the big-league roster.
Miller re-signed with the Brewers on Monday as a non-roster invitee. Miller was quite a good starter early in his career, but things haven't gone his way over the last four seasons. He's posted a 6.89 ERA in 183 innings over that stretch when not recovering from Tommy John surgery. A fixed version of Miller would be an interesting late-round flyer in fantasy drafts, but there hasn't been any indication in recent seasons that he's on the cusp of returning to his previous form, so there's no particular reason to believe he'll even win a roster spot. In 44 innings for the Rangers last season, he posted an 8.59 ERA and a 30:29 K:BB. He was picked up by the Brewers on a minor-league deal in mid-July but was released in late August without having made a big-league appearance.
Miller elected to become a free agent Tuesday. Miller exercised the release clause in his minor-league deal, sending him to the open market. He posted a 4.79 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with a 20:16 K:BB over 20.2 innings during his time with Triple-A San Antonio.
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