Rays sign reliever Jim Miller to minor-league deal with spring training invite

Reliever Jim Miller spent the past two seasons with the Yankees.

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed reliever Jim Miller to a minor-league deal Thursday with an invite to spring training.

Miller, 32, has a career 2-3 record with a 3.48 ERA, 59 strikeouts and one save in 50 appearances (67 1/3 innings) in stops with the Baltimore Orioles (2008), Colorado Rockies (2011), Oakland Athletics (2012) and New York Yankees (2013 to 2014). With the Yankees last season, he allowed six runs and seven hits in two appearances (2 2/3 innings). He spent most of the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 6-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 36 games (57 1/3 innings).

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Miller is expected to compete for a bullpen spot the rest of the spring.

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