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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

Dec 6, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

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5:45 p.m. EST update: WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Miller will make $1.04 million next season. The figure represents the maximum 20 percent paycut he could receive as an arbitration-eligible player. Had the Red Sox wanted to go lower, they would have had to non-tender Miller and re-sign him.

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Former Tigers No. 1 pick Andrew Miller will be back with the Red Sox next season after agreeing to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Miller, who made $1.3 million last season, likely would have been non-tendered by Boston had he not come to terms before the deadline. While the 26-year-old remains intriguing as a left-hander with a 91-94 mph fastball, the Red Sox weren’t going to risk giving him a significant raise after another year of disappointing results. Miller went 6-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 12 starts and five relief appearances for the club last season.

Miller stands fourth or fifth on Boston’s rotation depth chart as it’s currently comprised, but he won’t be assured anything entering spring training. Since this contract won’t be guaranteed — one-year contracts for arbitration-eligible players almost never are — he could well find himself off the roster if he struggles during March.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Yet another garbage pitcher that the Red Sux are stuck with.

    • Matt Aromando - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      It doesn’t sound like they are “stuck” with him at all. They offered him a contract that, as the article reads, “won’t be guaranteed” and “he could well find himself off the roster if he struggles during March.”

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        “Stuck” as in they have no better options, so they have to settle for him.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

        Watch it, bozo. Your last comment was over the line and was deleted. I’ll tolerate your bit for the most part, but keep it clean.

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        Matt, you will probably have to delete a few more that I posted before I saw your warning. But yeah, I’ll keep it cleaner going forward.

  2. Matt Aromando - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Every year the Red Sox go into Spring Training with more starters than they need and usually it works out pretty well. They’re typically not “stuck” with any of them… except for John Lackey.

    • bosoxfan1950 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      Yup. And, thanks to the baseball Gods, we are “Un stuck” from Lackey for the year. With any luck his TJ surgery will result with Lackey being a much better pitcher in 2013 and we can welcome him back with open arms instead of loaded shotguns.

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        Stuck with a $13.6 million charge against the salary cap for ZERO production in 2012. Have fun with that one. LMAO

  3. bosoxfan1950 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I’m just surprised that we offered even a non-guaranteed contract to Miller. He does have flashes of brilliance on the mound, but they are much too few and way too far apart.
    So, we give him shot and take a low risk-high reward look at him and hope for the best.

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