Today, the Tampa Bay Rays have made another move by sending utility man Brad Miller to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Both teams have announced the trade via twitter.
Choi will be optioned down to Durham, which is the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A affiliate.
The 27-year-old will essentially replace Brad Miller as a left-handed hitting option in the Rays system, though the team is currently giving talented prospect Jake Bauers a chance to play at the professional level. If Bauers struggles or gets hurt, expect Choi to get the call up to the show again.
The South Korean native also can play a corner outfield spot if asked upon.
Also, in 30 at-bats this season (with Brewers), Choi has hit .233 with two home runs and driving in five RBIs.
Furthermore, the Brewers get middle infield and first base help with Miller coming over. He can play at the shortstop, second base, and first base positions, which is key when it comes to injuries or players struggling.
In addition, the Brewers middle infield has struggled at the plate this year and at first they have been dealing with some nagging injuries.
Miller will not do much damage against lefties, but gives them some nice pop against right-handed pitching.
Lastly, Miller has had hit respectably well (.256/.322/.429 with five homers) over 174 plate appearances for the Rays this season.
Note: Miller was designated for assignment earlier in the week.