MLB: The good and the bad for the Phillies and Brad Miller if the Universal DH happens

Given the construction of their roster, no team wants the designated hitter in the NL in 2022 more than the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies aren’t a strong defensive team and have several veterans who battled injuries in 2021 and could benefit from the partial day off provided by a designated hitter job.

However, the universal designated hitter could also lessen the chances of a meeting between the Phillies and Brad Miller, as Miller will have even more job opportunities open to him in free agency if the other 14 NL teams need additional position player depth:

The 2021 Phils had a slew of types of DBD: Rhys Hoskins, Andrew McCutchen, Alec Bohm, Didi Gregorius, Brad Miller, as well as Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto when dealing with injuries. Of that group of seven, all but McCutchen and Miller remain on the 2022 roster.

Veteran Miller, 32, would be another solid DH candidate for the Phillies, but it remains to be seen if they can bring him back. He played last year on a one-year, $3.5 million contract and hit 20 home runs off the super bench.

If 30 teams use a designated hitter in 2022, it means there will be a lot more landing spots for Miller, who has great power but no true defensive position (first base is his primary).

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The Phillies aren’t set up to be a defensive-minded team. If they’re going to finally break a 10-year playoff drought, it’s probably going to be through slugging and starting pitching. And if they can get one more poor defender off the field every day, it will make a difference.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. This is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: The good and the bad for the Phillies and Brad Miller if the Universal DH happens