Red Sox Acquire Andrew Miller

The Red Sox acquired Andrew Miller from the Marlins in exchange for Dustin Richardson, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports (on Twitter). 

Miller, 25, was picked sixth overall by Detroit in the 2006 amateur draft and was dealt to Florida as part of the big Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis swap in December 2007.  Miller was seen as arguably the biggest piece (along with Cameron Maybin) of the six-prospect package that Florida acquired for their stars, but the left-hander has struggled to become a consistent major league hurler.  In 79 career games, 54 of them starts, Miller has a 5.84 ERA and a 7.2 BB/9 rate.  Miller was out of options with the Marlins and could've been non-tendered, but the Red Sox were clearly willing to take a chance on a young pitcher who still has a high ceiling.

Richardson is also a 25-year-old southpaw originally chosen in the 2006 draft, though Richardson's pick came in the fifth round.  Also like Miller, Richardson has struggled with control issues — in 16.1 major league innings, Richardson has recorded 15 walks.  His control has been better (4.4 BB/9 rate) in the minors, plus he has a K/9 ratio of 10.0 over his five minor league seasons.  Richardson has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the last two years and the Marlins were known to be looking for relief pitching this winter.


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  1. If the Sox can straighten Miller out, this will be a great pickup. If not, this is a waste of internet space.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Compared to the half a million blogs out there of people deluded enough to think people care about their opinion?

    • Brillant comment Rob…….and yes it is meant to be sarcastic!

  2. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Theo’s latest attempt to buy low from the Marlins? At least with Hermida he didn’t give up anything… Richardson could have been an asset in the pen.

  3. missyae 5 years ago

    Wow, another big move for Theo, lol. I remember when this guy came up, they thought he was really gonna be a stud and not a dud.

  4. marlinsfanatic 5 years ago

    FINALLY! Richardson looks pretty decent

  5. soxfan0928 5 years ago

    I’ll take Miller here. About a 6’7 lefty with a live arm, looks like he’s got a solid change up and curve to go with a fastball that pumps about 95mph. Maybe Richardson will do better with a change of scenery. Almost a tit for tat trade here. Richardson 6’6 lefty, Miller 6’7, same build. Miller a bit more highly touted (6th overall pick by Det). We shall see. Lets be honest, he can’t be any worse than Oki Joki.

    • marlinsfanatic 5 years ago

      Miller doesn’t really ” pump out ” 95 anymore. He was hitting 90 end of last season and his control was awful as usual.

      • ludafish 5 years ago

        Actually he was throwing that hard cause of his delivery, trying to get it more consistent. If he just tries to let it fly he can be between 92-96. but he’s way too wild just letting it fly.

    • fishfan4life 5 years ago

      Look at his AA numbers, then look at his ML numbers, back at his AA numbers, and back to his ML numbers.

      • soxfan0928 5 years ago

        I’m not saying it’s going to pan out, I’m just saying I’d rather see a new face in our bullpen than Okajima. At least Miller’s getting a fresh start where he can come in and try to start almost from scratch. Could be good for him. Didn’t work with Hermida, but who knows about Miller.

    • bonestock94 5 years ago

      Sure he can, he was worse than Okajima in 2010….in AA. But hey why not, nothing to lose.

  6. xfipMachine 5 years ago

    Not a big trade by any means, but if would seriously consider not doing his based on what you have to give up (replacement level last arm in the pen) you are insane. Curt Young has his first project to work on.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      I get your point, but I’m kinda hoping Beckett and Lackey are higher priorities. And that Young can do a better job with them than Farrell.

      • Notin J. Notin 5 years ago

        Maybe they are hoping Miller rediscovers himself simply by reuniting him with former college teammate Daniel Bard…

  7. Definitely thought this was Dustin Hermanson. Hahaha

  8. Assuming that the Sox didn’t acquire Miller just because of old hype I’d guess they’ve seen something that they think they can fix, a la Kerry Wood going to NY and getting fixed. If they can turn him around it’s certainly a worthwhile gamble.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Considering it’s coming shortly after retaining Curt Young as pitching coach it’s possible Young made the suggestion. Of course it could just be a buy low on a player who onbce had high potential.

  9. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    Sweet…the Marlins unload Hermida, a big time bust, to Boston last year and now this. Thank god this guy is gone…just awful. And his stuff isn’t nearly the same as it was 3 years ago. And the worst part about him is that he’s been getting shelled in AA too. Good riddance!

    • yeah, his fast ball went from 97, 98 to 91 this year. i kept looking at the reading and not believing it. kept wondering if he was pitching slower to gain control.

    • redsox_fever 5 years ago

      yea maybe when he gets to fenway and feels what a baseball game should look like, you know sold out and fans actually give a damn about the team maybe he could turn out to be ok

  10. The Marlins made out in that Miguel Cabrera trade huh?

    • fishfan4life 5 years ago

      Burke Badenhop is a beast though!

      • marlinsfanatic 5 years ago

        The Hopper is legit

        • johnsilver 5 years ago

          hey.. I like both Boston and the Fish and why all this hate going on is uncalled for..

          I thought Miller’s problem was he could not make two straight deliveries in a row the same, not as bad as Willis, but that was a problem, or is my2C on what could have been an issue.

          For Richardson? A journeyman middle guy who could tag along as a AAAA guy for a few years, but with his poor control, not sure how he was going to ever keep a MLB job. It was trading a big time potential for a journeyman with options, nothing else.

        • johnsilver 5 years ago

          hey.. I like both Boston and the Fish and why all this hate going on is uncalled for..

          I thought Miller’s problem was he could not make two straight deliveries in a row the same, not as bad as Willis, but that was a problem, or is my2C on what could have been an issue.

          For Richardson? A journeyman middle guy who could tag along as a AAAA guy for a few years, but with his poor control, not sure how he was going to ever keep a MLB job. It was trading a big time potential for a journeyman with options, nothing else.

    • azdsnd 5 years ago

      They did get rid of Dontrelle…

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Scales balance out a bit when you consider they paid Willis a pile of cash.

      • Yeah, that was a bit of irrational exuberance on Dombrowski’s part, never should have signed him to that contract so soon after the year he had in FLA.

      • Not really…I mean it helps obviously but that amount of money isn’t worth losing a once in a generation type hitter for busts.

    • InLeylandWeTrust 5 years ago

      Gotta love it!

  11. Miller’s career walk rate is 5.3 per 9 innings. The 7.2 BB/9 is just last year.

  12. tripperdimauro 5 years ago

    miller went to college with bard and were both drafted out of that class. fun fact

    • Both were starters then too. Now Bard’s in the pen and I’d guess that is where Miller could end up as well.

  13. JackParkman 5 years ago

    Kinda reminds me of last years trade for Hermida, both traded in November and were highly touted prospects who failed to live up to the hype. Hopefully this one works out better for the Red Sox.

  14. i still think the tigers should have kept him in the minors to control his pitches. he was rushed to the major leagues for no apparent reason, that’s why he’s a bust in my opinion.

    • fishfan4life 5 years ago

      Really? You’d rather not have Miguel Cabrera on your team?

      • MaineSox 5 years ago

        I think he’s talking about the Tigers bringing him up to pitch in the pen the same year he was drafted, then having him in their rotation the next year, he never really had any time in the minors with the Tigers.

      • MaineSox 5 years ago

        I think he’s talking about the Tigers bringing him up to pitch in the pen the same year he was drafted, then having him in their rotation the next year, he never really had any time in the minors with the Tigers.

  15. Miller is a scout’s nightmare. This kid on paper has everything you want…excellent size and athleticism…good but not great mechanics with an excellent arm slot… he throws a + + fastball in the mid to high nines. However he is terrible out of the stretch and he has tried and failed at virtually every pitching role.

    With all that being said…if John Farrell’s replacement Curt Young can get him “right” then he could be a important piece to an already talented bullpen.

    Some believe he is has “talented” has David Price.

  16. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    You all wish your teams had the GIANTS pitching. LOL.

    • RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

      Whatever Troll!

    • redsox_fever 5 years ago

      lmfao first of all when you win a world series or you’re in the playoff every or almost every year and you win a championship more than once you can post a comment about pitching like maybe if you were a phillies, or yankees, or red sox fan then you’re in that level, but giants?? seriously, this years giant team reminded me of the rockies team of 3 years ago but what happened after that?? giants priorities this year is huff and uribe, lmfao come’on man!!!

  17. hawkny1 5 years ago

    Miller, at 21, signed with Detroit on August 8, 2006 (on August 9, 2006, he banked a $3.5M bonus). On August 30, 2006, he was called up to the Tigers and pitched against the Yankees, and it has been all down hill from there for young Andrew. And, yes, he pitched as well at U of North Carolina as David Price at Vanderbilt but Price got a full year of minor league ball (and a $6M bonus) before being called up by Tampa in August, 2008. Perhaps, this explains the difference between Price’s success and Miller’s failure at the major league level. Miller was rushed into service too fast by the Detroit organization, and has never found his footing (and aren’t the Marlins noted for poor pitcher coaching?). Yep, Theo was burned by Hermida, no doubt… but twice burned? Lets hope not…

    • bigpupp 5 years ago

      Getting burned would mean trading a valuable asset for a flyer. Last years trade didnt involve any valuable assets and neither did this trade.

      Richarson was a lefty that had an over the top delivery with below average stuff and below average command. He had no chance of being above average…..miller on the other hand at least has upside

      • hawkny1 5 years ago

        Intrepretation! That is what is wonderful about the English language. Yours, in this instance, is literal, mine was intended to be figurative, in part, to reflect all of Theo’s past experiences with the Marlins.  As for Miller, it appears that Theo is going to test his new pitching coach early.  And, considering how this guy was handled previously, with patience, he could be a big surprise in 2011, especially, if commits to becoming a role player, ie..long reliefer, lefty specialist or set up guy..

  18. ludafish 5 years ago

    Its a shame, i really feel someday that Miller could be successful…be it in the bullpen or starting. I would like to see him become a power lefty reliever. its a shame the marlins couldnt keep him cause he was out of options, and still needs lots of work. I dont know how he will fare well in the AL East, obviously an amazing division, but i hope he can get it all worked out. Anyone know anything about that Maybin kid? Mike Rabelo? Brett Sinkbeil? anyone? at least the Hopper is great…

  19. dc21892 5 years ago

    I like this move. Worst comes to worst he fails in the pen and we dump him.

  20. jondogg2010 5 years ago

    I think that this move is odd because Richardson has a bright future. I think he could be a long reliever or a specialist. I don’t know much about Miller other than he’s now been traded twice..

  21. jondogg2010 5 years ago

    Not that Richardson was going to be a superstar but I’m thinking Miller won’t be either…

  22. Sawksfan 5 years ago

    Not bad. Just another “low risk high reward” type move by Theo.

  23. Sox have nothing to lose-Richardson is a lefty who can’t get lefties out-Miller can’t be any worse!

  24. LOL that Tigers-Marlins really went down hill. Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo and Eulogio De La Cruz.

  25. I’ve got about six Todd Van Poppels. Trade?

  26. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    i’ll trade you my 3 andrew miller cards for them

  27. soxfan0928 5 years ago

    Well I know I’m not the only Sox fan who would gladly give a young kid with a high ceiling a chance over Okajima. Oki was just pitiful last year. 86 mph fastball, 80 mph change up. Just brutal

  28. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    And there needs to be more free cell phone and laptop advertisements…Not enough of that…

    This is interesting. It’s really a shame to see top prospects become busts, and I’m not saying Maybin is a bust yet, but what a shame for the Marlins. Seriously.

  29. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Richardson has just started showing what he can do and the only chances he’s gotten from the Sox have been from riding the Pawtucket shuttle. He may still be rough around the edges but his strikeout numbers in AAA are a lot more encouraging than pretty much anything about Miller.

  30. vtadave 5 years ago

    I have plenty of those 1991 Upper Decks, but I’ll take 3 for 2 Bill Pulsipher rookies.

  31. dickylarue 5 years ago

    Curt Young’s the best pitching coach in baseball? Give me a break. Let’s see how his pitchers do in a park where people score runs like pinball. Oakland is not exactly Fenway.

  32. bonestock94 5 years ago

    Never say never. I just was responding to the idea that he can’t be worse than Okajima. He was by a long shot last season, and unlike Okamjima has never been a decent bullpen hand in the pros (minus a season in the low level minors).

    Moves like this are fun and harmless, I don’t bash the sawks for making it.

  33. jwredsox 5 years ago

    The A’s were middle of the pack in FIP though. Their league leading ERA was mostly product of their great defense suppressing their pitcher’s BABIP.

  34. it shows that his fa has not topped 95 for the first time in his career and his velocity range has shrunk significantly. also, his fastballs were in the high eighties more often than ever.

  35. redsox4120 5 years ago

    No he’s bad. At least in the AL he is. Maybe the NL will be more friendly to him(ie.Javy Lopez, Ramon Ramirez)

  36. redsox4120 5 years ago

    No he’s bad. At least in the AL he is. Maybe the NL will be more friendly to him(ie.Javy Lopez, Ramon Ramirez)

  37. rickjimbo 5 years ago

    i’d like to add javier vasquez to that list and halladay pitching two freaking no hitters his first year out of the al east

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