Orioles acquire Jai Miller
The Baltimore orioles have acquired outfielder Jai Miller from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations. Dan Duquette released this statement, “Jai Miller has the power, speed, base stealing skills and good athletic ability to be an asset in our outfield as he competes for a spot on our ballclub this spring.” The 26 year old Miller has a handful of Major League at bats to his credit. He made his debut with the Marlins in 2008 but was hitless in one at bat. Miller re-emerged with the Royals in 2010 and posted a .645 OPS in 60 at bats. Miller had a third cup of coffee with Oakland last season where he had three hits in 12 at bats. He did show impressive power with Triple-A Sacramento in 2011 hitting 32 home runs in 475 at bats. He also added 16 steals. On the downside, Miller struck out 179 times in Sacramento. There has been much speculation surrounding the Orioles outfield over the past few days as trade rumors involving Adam Jones have re-surfaced. At this point it is difficult to see Miller as anything other than Triple-A insurance, but he could get a chance to grab some at bats in Spring Training and make a run at the DH job in Charm City. Miller, at worst, is an athletic warm body who didn’t cost much to acquire.