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Rays add lefty bat Choi from Brewers for Miller

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Three days after designating Brad Miller for assignment to make room for No. 5 prospect Jake Bauers on their roster, the Rays traded Miller and cash considerations on Sunday to the Brewers in exchange for the left-handed-hitting Ji-Man Choi.

The 27-year-old Choi, who can play first base and outfield, hit .233 (7-for-30) with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam against the Phillies on Saturday, in 12 games for Milwaukee this season. Choi is a career .191 Major League hitter with nine homers in 157 at-bats across 72 games over the past three seasons with the Angels, Yankees and Brewers.

Three days after designating Brad Miller for assignment to make room for No. 5 prospect Jake Bauers on their roster, the Rays traded Miller and cash considerations on Sunday to the Brewers in exchange for the left-handed-hitting Ji-Man Choi.

The 27-year-old Choi, who can play first base and outfield, hit .233 (7-for-30) with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam against the Phillies on Saturday, in 12 games for Milwaukee this season. Choi is a career .191 Major League hitter with nine homers in 157 at-bats across 72 games over the past three seasons with the Angels, Yankees and Brewers.

Video: MIL@PHI: Choi belts a go-ahead grand slam to left

Miller had been squeezed out of a spot at first base with Tampa Bay by Bauers, who is ranked baseball's No. 2 first-base prospect by MLB Pipeline. Tampa Bay also has C.J. Cron as an option at first base.

Designating Miller for assignment gave the Rays a chance to trade him somewhere where the veteran infielder might soon get another Major League opportunity, although the Brewers optioned Miller to Triple-A Colorado Springs immediately following the trade. The 28-year-old hit .256 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 48 games this season, which was his third with the Rays.

"Brad's done a lot of good things in his time here," Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday following Miller's DFA and Bauers' callup. "He's just an unbelievable teammate. ... We're getting a good one [in Bauers], but we're also losing a good one in saying that. But in fairness to Brad and his career, he's a Major League player."

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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