Rangers sign pitcher Shelby Miller
The Texas Rangers have added another starting pitcher, signing Shelby Miller on a one-year deal on Wednesday.
Miller, a native of Brownwood, Texas, which is about three hours southwest of Dallas, was drafted in the first-round by the St Louis Cardinals in 2009.
The Rangers passed on Miller with the 14th pick in that draft but reportedly scouted him heavily leading up to the event.
Miller burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2013, posting a 15-9 record with a 3.06 ERA and finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.
He was eventually traded to the Atlanta Braves before the 2015 season and again to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. He never quite found his footing in Arizona as he posted a 5-18 record with a 6.35 ERA in three seasons with the team. He missed a year between 2017 and 2018 with Tommy John surgery. He only made five appearances last season, posting a 10.69 ERA in 16 innings.
However, if Miller is back to 100 per cent, he could be worth a shot. Globe Life Park in Arlington is a hitter's haven, but it is nothing like the elevation in Arizona. Getting him out of that atmosphere could be a big help.
The Rangers also signed Lance Lynn to a deal earlier this offseason. Other teams reportedly have interest in Mike Minor, who is in Texas' rotation, but he has not been dealt as of yet.