Andrew Miller’s Contract Was Reworked

Major League Baseball initially approved Andrew Miller’s contract with the Red Sox, but ended up objecting to the deal and it was reworked, WEEI.com’s Alex Speier reports. However, the Red Sox don’t have to worry about losing the left-hander, who has emerged as a valuable piece of their pitching staff in the past two months. 

Miller’s minor league deal with Boston initially included a $3MM option for 2012 that would become guaranteed if another team claimed Miller off of waivers. The option had apparently been designed to deter rival teams from claiming the former first rounder, but it was removed from the agreed upon contract after MLB objected.

Given Miller’s importance to the Red Sox – he has put together consecutive strong starts – and the upcoming expansion of rosters, it seems highly unlikely that Boston would expose him to waivers by sending him to the minors. 

Instead, Miller will likely remain with the Red Sox for the remainder of 2011 and then some. He’s arbitration eligible next year (working from a $1.2MM salary) and it appears that the Red Sox will tender him a contract, as Speier explains. The 26-year-old has a 4.42 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 55 innings this year.


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59 Comments on "Andrew Miller’s Contract Was Reworked"


Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Since when is a 6.4 K/9 supported by a 5.2 BB/9 “valuable”?

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

When your pitching staff has been decimated by injuries, your expensive starter is doing his best imitation of Oliver Perez, and has actually put together a few good performances.

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Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

The last couple of outings, Miller has looked a LOT better than a mere #5 pitcher.  A LOT better!!!

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notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

like most pitchers with great stuff, miller is very difficult to hit when he’s ahead in the count. the last two starts, that’s been the difference. he’s worked ahead almost every at-bat of the game

the problem with him is that when he gets behind, he’s one of the easiest guys in the game to beat. wild in the strike zone and/or walking guys on 4 to 5 pitches

this has been the issue his entire career, of course. but if he can get it straightened out, he’s still got front-end potential

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3 years 10 months ago

Since he was 6-1 and BUchholz was on the DL

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thevauntedchris
3 years 10 months ago

You could probably go 6-1 with that team’s hitting lately. Bad argument

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3 years 10 months ago

Just when you thought the Cabrera trade couldn’t get any worse for the Marlins view in “hind-sight”; Miller emerges as a “valuable piece” in Boston’s rotation…and Cameron Maybin is having a break out year in San Diego.

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3 years 10 months ago

You now feel the pain of being a Detroit Tiger for the last 10 yrs.

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3 years 10 months ago

I’m a Marlins fan; pain is a pill I swallow daily.

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johnsilver
3 years 10 months ago

Hey.. I am a Marlins fan also and Miller is a 100% different guy on the mound so far than when he was with the Fish mechanics wise. Whatever they did to them there, it sure was not right and with his last few starts in Boston things seem to be getting better.

Now just to see him maintain that 95mph+ FB he had at NC and things would really be sweet. Then with the Fish he was not even breaking 91 hardly at all and falling all over the place it seemed after every delivery last year in his short tenure with the parent club.

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CaptainCharisma
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I mean having two World Series trophies under your belt since being in existence since 1993.  Oh my word, the shame!

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CaptainCharisma
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I mean having two World Series trophies under your belt since being in existence since 1993.  Oh my word, the shame!

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woadude
3 years 10 months ago

You guys did win with that Hanley kid.

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woadude
3 years 10 months ago

You guys did win with that Hanley kid.

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Douglas Hicks
3 years 10 months ago

Yea, the MLB rejected it…but that was some damn-fine contract work there, Boston. Touche.

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0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Fun idea, but no way it could’ve stuck. It’d set an awful precedent that basically completely circumvents some important optioning rules.

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bleachercreature
3 years 10 months ago

uh, couldn’t they just not put him on waivers? Not on waivers, can’t be claimed. Am I missing something?

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DunkinDonuts
3 years 10 months ago

Yes, you’re missing the part where Boston wanted to retain the option of putting him through waivers without the risk that he might be claimed.

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drabidea
3 years 10 months ago

You are missing the fact that he has no options left so if they wanted to bring him back down to the minors they would have to put him on waivers.

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Leonard Washington
3 years 10 months ago

Miller isn’t out of the woods yet but Youngs latest mechanics work looked extremely promising. If he keeps his delivery repeated like last night he will be on our team for years to come, and an amazing boost to the playoff rotation. Buc is looking like he might contribute in some way and Lackey has been looking good too so this is especially sweet.