Dodgers News: Bobby Miller Changes Jersey Number

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Bobby Miller was among the rookies who made an impact for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year, and he should once again be a key contributor of the starting rotation next season.

Miller will enter his first full MLB campaign with a bit of a different look as he changed his jersey number from 70 to 28. J.D. Martinez wore the No. 28 this past season, but he is expected to play elsewhere next year following the Dodgers’ signing of Shohei Ohtani.

Other Dodgers to wear the No. 28 include Andrew Heaney (2022), Rod Barajas (2010-2011), Hall of Famer Fred McGriff (2003) and Pedro Guerrero (1980-1988).

Bobby Miller changed his jersey number from 70 to 28. J.D. Martinez wore 28 in 2023, but he has of course been replaced by Shohei Ohtani. #Dodgers

— Blake (@ByBlakeWilliams) December 26, 2023

Miller went 11-4 with a 3.76 ERA, 3.51 FIP and 1.10 WHIP in 124.1 innings across 22 starts during his rookie season. The right-hander got off to a historic start as he posted a minuscule 0.78 ERA through his first four appearances and at one point had a consecutive scoreless streak of 16 innings.

Miller joined Kenta Maeda as the only Dodgers pitchers since 1901 to complete a minimum of five innings and allow one run or fewer in each of their first four starts.

Miller went on to start in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs and four hits.

Miller is the second Dodgers player to change numbers this offseason as Joe Kelly gave Ohtani his No. 17 and switched to 99. The two-way star gifted Kelly’s wife, Ashley, a new Porsche as a token of appreciation.

Bobby Miller received pre-arbitration bonus

As part of the 2022-2026 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), a pre-arbitration bonus pool was established for players who do not achieve Super Two status and have fewer than three years of Major League service time.

Miller and James Outman were the only Dodgers players who earned bonuses through the program this offseason. Miller received $406,035, which represents more than 79% of the $510,968 salary he earned in the Majors this year.

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