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Rangers reportedly sign Shelby Miller to one-year deal

Shelby Miller

The Texas Rangers continue to fill their starting rotation with buy-low candidates.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rangers have signed pitcher Shelby Miller to a one-year deal that, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, is incentive-laden.

Miller was once regarded as one of the best young pitchers in the game with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, posting a 3.22 ERA in his first 575 big league innings. He was then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a blockbuster deal that backfired immensely, as he posted an ERA over six in 2016. The next year, his career was totally derailed by Tommy John surgery that he’s only just started to come back from.

Miller is still only 28. The Rangers will hope that he can reclaim his health and find something close to the form he flashed in St. Louis. If not, it’s a one-year commitment that they can move on from easily.

Shelby Miller has tear in his UCL, flexor strain

Shelby Miller

The news on Shelby Miller is not great.

The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher has a tear in his UCL and a flexor strain, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.

Miller, 26, left his Sunday start with forearm tightness. He was subsequently placed on the DL and underwent an MRI.

The Diamondbacks wanted to get as much information as possible on Miller, so they had him get three medical opinions.

Tommy John surgery reportedly is in play for Miller. Masahiro Tanaka has been able to pitch through a UCL tear. The Angels’ Garrett Richards had one too and opted for plasma injections and rehab, but he’s now on the 60-day DL with a biceps injury. The Diamondbacks and Miller have a big decision on their hands.

Report: Shelby Miller may need Tommy John surgery

Shelby Miller

Shelby Miller could need Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, according to a report.

Fan Rag Sports’ Tommy Stokke says Miller has a ligament issue in his elbow and could need Tommy John surgery.

Miller left his start on Sunday for the Diamondbacks with forearm tightness. He was placed on the disabled list Monday and underwent an MRI. He went to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his elbow, and his MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews for a third opinion.

All the checks and re-checks of his imaging results show how much care Arizona is putting into the situation.

Miller, 26, was showing signs of improvement this year as he was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA. That’s in contrast to his disappointing 2016 season in which he posted a 6.15 ERA in his first year with the club.

The Diamondbacks gave up a lot of assets, including 2015 No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, to the Braves in a trade for Miller. If he undergoes Tommy John surgery, it would be the latest disappointment from a deal that has not yielded positive results.

Shelby Miller to get second opinion on elbow injury

Shelby Miller

Shelby Miller is heading to Los Angeles to receive a second medical opinion about his elbow.

Miller was placed on the 10-day DL Monday by the Arizona Diamondbacks after leaving his Sunday start against the Dodgers with forearm tightness.

Miller underwent an MRI Monday which showed some inflammation.

“He didn’t really tell me much,” Miller said of what the team doctor told him, via MLB.com. “Just kind of looked at the MRI a little bit and saw something was there — some inflammation and stuff. I’m going to get a second opinion tomorrow and go from there. Not a lot of specifics. I just know that something is not right.”

Miller was a disappointment for Arizona last season after the team traded a package, including 2015 No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, to Atlanta as part of the deal. He went just 3-12 with a dismal 6.15 ERA. The 26-year-old is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA this season.

Report: Diamondbacks ownership blocked Shelby Miller trade, Chip Hale firing

Chip Hale

Arizona Diamondbacks ownership is strongly considering front office changes, and they’ve been meddling in affairs for a while now.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale shed light on the situation, with the struggling Diamondbacks having been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments in 2016. Owner Ken Kendrick is reportedly considering the futures of CEO Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart, with their contracts coming close to an end.

According to Nightengale, Kendrick blocked recent efforts by his front office to fire manager Chip Hale and trade Shelby Miller to the Miami Marlins because the moves would look bad to outsiders.

Rumors of a managerial change have lingered for a while now, and with this report, it seems clear that there was something to them. On one hand, the La Russa/Stewart combination have done a horrible job, and it would be completely understandable if the Diamondbacks went in a different direction. On the other, if Kendrick and ownership hired them, they should trust them to do their jobs and stop meddling. That seems to indicate that they don’t, and may well be the surest sign that Arizona is looking to go in a different direction.

Report: Diamondbacks drawing interest in Shelby Miller, Daniel Hudson

Shelby Miller

How does that old saying go about one man’s trash, another man’s treasure?

According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, the Arizona Diamondbacks are drawing serious interest in right-handers Shelby Miller and Daniel Hudson.

Miller, 25, has been a certified trainwreck for the Diamondbacks since they acquired him from the Braves last December for a package that included Ender Inciarte and former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson. The ex-All Star has a hideous 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season and was recently demoted by the team to the minor leagues and placed on the trading block.

The 29-year-old Hudson, meanwhile, is 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA this season and has only made 10 starts since 2012 thanks to back-to-back Tommy John surgeries to address a UCL tear in his pitching elbow. The Diamondbacks have since converted Hudson into a relief role, but he hasn’t really been great in that capacity either.

Both guys are close to the nadir of their respective trade values, so it remains to be seen if Arizona will try to cut their losses this trade deadline or continue to bank on either guy eventually righting the ship.

H/T Baseball Reddit

Report: Diamondbacks making Shelby Miller available via trade

Shelby Miller

One of the biggest names moved during the most recent MLB offseason is already available again.

The Diamondbacks have reportedly made pitcher Shelby Miller available in trade talks, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Miller trade has been nothing short of a disaster for Arizona. He’s just 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA, and has not come remotely close to the numbers he put up in both Atlanta and St. Louis. The Diamondbacks have been vague about what’s troubling him.

It’s unclear what Arizona could get back for Miller at this point. He’s a good buy low candidate, but the asking price may still be higher than what teams would pay. There’s no salvaging what a disaster it’s been for the Diamondbacks, though. The fact that the deal supposedly made another key acquisition unhappy is just icing on the cake.