Miller's cups of coffee with the Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics (.235 average in 68 combined at-bats) aren't what prompted Duquette to pay cash to the A's to get the 27-year-old outfielder. It's what he has done in the minors — and specifically in 2011, when he hit 32 homers and batted .276 with a .368 on-base percentage in 110 games for Triple-A Sacramento. He also struck out 179 times in 410 Triple-A at-bats, but the power is undeniable. And Duquette wants to see whether it can translate to the majors. The problem is, unless there is an injury, Miller might be squeezed off the roster and he, too, does not have a minor league option remaining.
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