The Milwaukee Brewers have signed infielder Owen Miller from the Cleveland Indians, sources confirmed on Thursday. In exchange, the Brewers will send a player yet to be named and cash in Cleveland’s direction.
Last season, Miller batted .243 with six home runs and 51 RBIs in 130 games. The 26-year-old player played in his primary position of first base while also filling in at second and third base on occasion.
“Owen is someone we are happy to add to our infield mix,” Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold said as he welcomed the 26-year-old to Milwaukee.
“He brings a combination of athleticism and versatility that helps enhance our depth across the diamond. And bringing home a hometown product is always a nice bonus.”
Following the exit of utilityman Jace Peterson, the Brewers were in need of a versatile replacement who is capable of filling in multiple infield positions. Peterson agreed to a $9.5 million, two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics earlier this week.
Miller’s trade to the Brewers is largely viewed as a homecoming for the player, who was born in the suburb of Mequon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.