The Tigers inked first round draft choice Andrew Miller to a 4 year contract.
This is the earliest that the Tigers have gotten their top pick into the fold in quite some time.
UPDATE: The club and Miller’s agent indicated that the deal was well underway prior to Luke Hochevar’s deal with the Royals, and the deal would have been finalized today regardless.
Dave Dombrowski indicated that there was a desire to get the deal done because he feels that Miller could possibly help the Major League team in September. Miller will start working with John Matlack and when he is ready will begin with the Lakeland Tigers. Right now the intention is to use him out of the bullpen in the short term. The long term plan is for Miller to be a starter.
Even if the Tigers don’t feel Miller will be ready to pitch for the Tigers in September, he will be with the team after the rosters are expanded.
Miller indicated that he is happy to be a Tiger and that “the future looks bright and I hope to be a part of it.”