The Red Sox have signed Andrew Miller to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to a team media release. The left-hander met with a number of teams at the Winter Meetings, before the Giants and Red Sox emerged as finalists. Frontline, the agency that represents A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee, represents Miller.
Boston acquired Miller from the Marlins for Dustin Richardson after the season, only to non-tender him on December 2nd. The Tigers selected Miller sixth overall in the 2006 draft and sent him to Florida in the 2007 Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade. The 25-year-old has walked 5.3 batters per nine innings in his major league career and has a 5.84 ERA.
He is out of options, so the Red Sox will have to expose him to waivers before sending him to the minor leagues. Boston will be able to retain him after 2011 through arbitration if they so choose.
Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com (Twitter link) was the first to report that a deal was close between Miller and the Sox.