Phillies Sign RHP Miner

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, December 09, 2012 04:18 PM | Comments: 6
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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Sunday that the Phillies have signed free agent RHP Zach Miner to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.

Miner, 30, has not appeared in a big league game since 2009.  After being sidelined with an elbow ailment, Miner underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the entire 2010 season.  Since then, the former Detroit Tiger has been trying to reestablish his previous form.

During his time in the majors, the 6-foot-4 215-pounder posted a 25-20 record with a 4.24 ERA in 157 games (35 starts).

Last season in 29 minor league contests, Miner posted a 2-0 record along with a 2.79 ERA while striking out 23 and walking 22 in 42 innings pitched.

Even if Miner doesn’t impact the big league roster right out of the gate, he’s the type of hurler that is valuable to the organization.  He can act as a backup to the 25-man roster with the Triple-A IronPigs, while helping younger pitchers grow and adapt to the higher levels of the game, much like Brian Sanches and Nelson Figueroa have done in recent years.

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  • Posts: 0 CS

    Low risk minor’s signing…

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Does seem like a low risk move – was money talked about?

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Meh one of Rube’s usual reclamation projects we all knew they would be at least 2. Probably to provide emergency veteran call up duties.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    The KC Royals just picked up James Shields from the TB Rays.
    What did the Phillies offer? The Royals gave up some good looking prospects but acquired an ace in Shields.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I don’t know if the Phillies could have matched what KC gave up. Here’s an article on it, calling it one of the worst prospects for veterans trades in recent history:


      In general it’s in the Phils’ best interest if they don’t deal with Andrew Friedman.

      • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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        It looks like the Rays definitely made out in this deal. Jake Odorizzi seems to be on the upswing and Myers looks very imposing.
        It seems both Davis and Shields are slated for a mediocre ride now as KC wont be going anywhere for a while in the AL central.
        I liked the comparison with the Bedard trade – it helped to put it all in perspective.
        But, Shields is too good of a player to wind up in such a bad spot. Too bad.

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