Rays sign righty Miller to Minors deal with camp invite

Veteran reliever will compete for spot in Tampa Bay's bullpen

PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays have signed veteran right-hander Jim Miller to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Once the 32-year-old Miller passed his physical on Thursday, the deal became official. He will join the competition to earn a spot in the Rays' bullpen.

"We brought him in, he's in the mix. There's a bunch of guys in that mix," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Miller has pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of each of the last four seasons. The bulk of that duty came in a 48 2/3-inning stint with the 2012 Athletics, when he posted a 2.59 ERA with 44 strikeouts and just 27 walks.

Miller has a career 3.48 ERA along with 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings in parts of five Major League seasons.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.