5 Utility players the Phillies should sign after lockout

Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Brock Holt (16) throws to first base during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Brock Holt (16) throws to first base during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Phillies Brad Miller
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 29: Brad Miller #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies has water poured on him after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Two of the doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on July 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 11-8. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Phillies could re-sign Brad Miller

Brad Miller is 32 now, but he just had an excellent season for the Phillies, so there’s no reason not to bring him back on a short-term deal. Over 140 games – which is the most he’s played since 2016 – he hit .227/.321/.453 with a .774 OPS, 20 home runs, nine doubles, three triples, 53 runs scored, and 49 RBI. He also went 3-0 in stolen-base attempts.

On a team rife with disappointment, Miller contributed some of the best moments of the season. He had three multi-homer games, including a three-homer game against the Cubs on July 8. Weeks later, he hit a walk-off grand slam.

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The Phillies have a reputation for collapsing down the stretch, but over his two stints in Philadelphia, Miller has hit more home runs in September (13) than any other month of his tenure by far.

Defensively, Miller spent time at every base, and also played 20 games in the outfield, DH-ed, and pinch-hit in 2021. He’s one of just three Phillies to play 140+ games last season, a stunning indictment of their roster health and depth in itself.

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