Despite being several weeks into Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers remained active on the personnel front by signing utility infielder Brad Miller to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Miller spent parts of six seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers. He was with the Rays and Brewers in 2018, batting a combined .248/.311/.413 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 29 RBI over 75 games.
On the surface, Miller figured to be someone who would begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City but eventually see time with the Dodgers. However, his deal included an opt-out clause at the end of this week.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group, Miller elected to opt out and become a free agent:
Brad Miller has exercised the opt out clause in his minor-league contract with the #Dodgers. He is a free agent.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 22, 2019
When questioned about the looming possibility of becoming a free agent, Miller said his focus was on making the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. Had he remained part of the organization, Miller likely would’ve competed with Alex Verdugo to be part of the 25-man roster come March 28.
Miller’s decision may have been fueled by an impressive showing in Cactus League play, as he hit .385/.429/.615 with two home runs and three RBI in 12 games.
The Dodgers now have 35 players remaining in big league camp.