On Sunday night, the Cubs made another low-risk, high-reward signing by adding Shelby Miller on a minor-league deal.
Cubs fans may remember the name, as Miller was viewed as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter with the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he last played with the Cardinals in 2014.
St. Louis traded Miller to the Braves before the 2015 season in exchange for Jason Heyward. We’ve come full circle with the duo both on the Cubs now.
Despite a 6-17 record in 2015, Miller put together an All-Star season in his one year with the Braves, posting career highs in ERA (3.02), innings pitched (205.1 innings), starts (33), strikeouts (171), and FIP (3.45).
The Braves sold high and it paid off the following offseason.
Miller was part of a blockbuster trade to the Diamondbacks that, in hindsight, was as one-sided as we’ve ever seen.
The Braves got a haul for Miller and it has paid off. Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson have been cornerstones for the Braves since the trade happened.
In three seasons with the Diamondbacks, Miller only made 28 starts and posted a 6.35 ERA. That is not good.
Cubs fans might remember these Miller moments as a Diamondbacks pitcher.
Fast forward to now. Miller, who opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is hoping to make a resurgence.
It is a non-roster deal, so, the Cubs will evaluate what Miller has to offer this spring. Cubs fans likely aren’t holding their breath for a resurgence.
Also, let’s just be thankful this didn’t happen.