Rays Ink Miller to MiLB Deal
The Rays added another body to camp, signing veteran reliever Jim Miller to a minor league deal. The 32-year-old, right-hander has 50 career MLB appearances; the bulk of them coming in 2012. He spent the last two seasons in the Yankees’ organization, mostly at triple-A.
With Ronald Belisario on the shelf indefinitely due to a left shoulder fracture, Miller likely assumes his role as the veteran hurler with groundball tendencies. Miller throws in the low to mid 90s, but unlike Bellasario, has at least one secondary offering worth noting: a low-70s curveball. There is also a slider that is tossed a bit harder.
The winner(s) of the remaining bullpen spot(s) will likely be someone younger and with better stuff, but Miller has the chance to stick around the franchise as a plan c or d.