The Texas Rangers and pitcher Shelby Miller have agreed on a 1-year deal for 2019. The contract is for a $2MM guarantee but Miller can also earn up to an additional $3MM in incentives based off of innings pitched as well as days on the active roster.
Miller was a well regarded prospect after being picked in the first round of the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After three season with the Cards he was shipped to Atlanta in the deal for Jason Heyward where he went on to have a great year pitching to a 3.02 ERA and totaling over 200 innings for the first and only time in his career. It ended up being one and done in Atlanta as he was traded to Arizona for a package of prospects headlined by 2015 number one overall pick Dansby Swanson as well as Gold Glove winning outfielder Ender Inciarte. That is where things started to fall apart for Miller as he struggled his first year in Arizona and then the following year in 2017 went under the knife for Tommy John surgery after just 4 starts. After the Tommy John surgery he dealt with other elbow issues and all told Miller only appeared in a total of 9 games and 38 innings over the past two seasons for the Dbacks.
The Rangers will be hoping that Miller can regain his old form as he is still fairly young, 28 years old, and returning to his home state of Texas. Miller is not the only pitcher the Rangers are hoping that bounces back as he will also join recently acquired starters Lance Lynn, Drew Smyly, and also rehabbing Edinson Volquez. All four pitchers have significant upside if they can remain healthy and perform at the level that they have in the past. It should be an interesting year in Texas when it comes to their rotation and they may not be done adding pieces yet.