The Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers decided to make a move on Sunday that would result in first baseman Ji-Man Choi being sent to Tampa Bay along with cash considerations in return for infielder Brad Miller, who will now be a Milwaukee Brewer. Choi will be sent down to play with the Triple-A Durham Bulls following the finalization of the trade.
Brad Miller will provide the Milwaukee Brewers with some infield depth with his first base and middle infield experience. Before the trade, Miller was designated for assignment by the Rays on Thursday. He has hit .256/.322/.429 with five home runs and 21 RBI over 174 plate appearances in 2018.
Ji-Man Choi has hit an unremarkable .233/.281/.500 this season with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 32 plate appearances this season. Interestingly enough, Choi pinch-hit with a grand slam in his final plate appearance as a Brewer during Saturday’s game against the Philidelphia Phillies. This also means that four of Choi’s five 2018 runs batted in and one of his two home runs as a result of a grand slam.
All in all, this was a low risk, high reward trade for both teams and it could be highly beneficial in the long run, despite the differences in where these organizations stand as of right now.