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Shelby Miller signs 1-year deal with Tigers

Division Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Shelby Miller in his one year with the Dodgers had his best major league season since switching to relief. He found a new home for 2024, signing a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Miller will get paid $3 million in 2024 with a club option worth $4.25 million in 2025, with a $250,000 buyout. He can earn up to $1.175 million in bonuses during each season based on games pitched and games finished.

Kiley McDaniel at ESPN was first to report the news. Evan Petzold at the Detroit Free Press was first to note the club option.

Last year’s Dodgers number 18 found a new home the morning after the Dodgers agreed to terms with a new number 18 in Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Miller in 2023 had a 1.71 ERA and 3.33 xERA in 42 games, the latter matching his total appearances over the previous four years in the majors.

After switching to relief midway through the 2019 season, Miller bounced around between the majors and minors, pitching for seven different organizations over the last five seasons. From 2019-22, he had a major league 8.48 ERA and 6.02 FIP in 63⅔ innings, and a 16.7-percent strikeout rate.

With the Dodgers, Miller struck out 42 batters in 42 innings with a 25.8-percent strikeout rate. He walked 19 batters, but only four of those walks came in his last 20 games and 22 innings.

Miller missed two and a half months with a herniated disc in his neck, but after returning from the injured list on August 31 did not allow a run over his final 12 appearances and 14 innings, including two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in his lone appearance in the NLDS.

The 33-year-old right-hander made $1.5 million on his one-year contract with the Dodgers.

In his 11-year career, Miller has a 4.08 ERA, 4.16 FIP, and 98 ERA+ in 820 innings, with 686 strikeouts and 331 walks.