Former Clemson standout traded to Brewers


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Denny Medley - USA Today Sports
Denny Medley - USA Today Sports

The Brew Crew made a move to try to stay on top in the National League Central.

Tampa Bays infielder and former Clemson standout Brad Miller was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league first baseman Ji-Man Choi and cash considerations on Sunday.

Miller was cut by the Rays on Thursday and had assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

For the season, he was batting only .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 48 games mostly playing first base. In the last two years, his power dropped from 30 homers in 2016 to 9 homers last season and 5 so far this year.

He is signed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million and the Brewers will take on the $2.79 million salary left this season.

At this point we thought that the positional versatility and the infield experience that Miller brings would be helpful," Brewers general manager David Stearns said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He will head to Triple-A, and when we have a need, I'm sure he will be ready to contribute."

During his major league career, he is batting .240 with 73 homers and 260 RBIs.

Miller will be able to platoon at both middle infielder positions and give them team depth at first base and the corner outfield positions once he is called up. The only position that Miller has not played in his MLB career at least once is catcher and pitcher.

The 28-year-old was drafted in the second round (#62 overall) by the Seattle Mariners out of Clemson in the 2011 MLB Draft.


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