Brewers acquire Brad Miller from Rays for Choi

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Tampa Bays infielder and former Clemson standout Brad Miller was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league first baseman Ji-Man Choi and cash considerations on Sunday. Choi will join the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham.

Miller was designated for assignment earlier this week, though he had hit respectably well (.256/.322/.429 with five homers) over 174 plate appearances for the Rays this season.

"At this point we thought that the positional versatility and the infield experience that Miller brings would be helpful", Brewers general manager David Stearns said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Miller is also coming off a rough 2017 campaign, so it could be that the Rays sought to sell as high as they could on him while he was still productive, in order to get at least some of his $2.79MM in remaining salary off the books. Miller has started a game at every position except pitcher and catcher over his six years in the big leagues and owns a career.240/.314/.410 slash line.

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The Rays promoted highly touted first baseman Jake Bauers to fill Miller's spot on the roster.

Choi, 27, is with his fourth major-league team in three seasons, having played sparingly for the Angels, Yankees and Brewers. In the last two years, his power dropped from 30 homers in 2016 to 9 homers last season and 5 so far this year. He hit a pinch-hit grand slam for the Brewers in their victory Saturday against the Phillies.

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