The Boston Red Sox avoided salary arbitration as they were able to work out a deal with left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller on Saturday, this according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. The two sides came to terms on a one-year contract worth a reported $1.9 million.
Miller was in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Fortunately, Miller and the Sox were able to strike a deal prior to facing a contract hearing in front of an independant arbiter.
Retaining the tall, lanky lefty was undoubtedly the right move by Boston. Miller has proven his value in the past as a strong middle to late innings guy who can also oppose strong left-handed batters in key situations.
His presence provides the Sox with a multitude of options out of the bullpen, which emerged as one of their strong points this past season.
Miller was having himself an impressive year, one of his better statistical campaigns, prior to suffering a season-ending injury. Miller tore ligaments in his left foot. He was forced to undergo surgery. He is expected to be fully ready to go this Spring.
With Boston now moving on from their final arbitration eligible player, sole attention now shifts to Spring training and the defense of their World Series title.
Miller was reportedly seeking a deal in the $2.5 million range. With the Red Sox settling in on a figure worth $1.9 million, it’s hard to argue that either side walked away with a bad deal.
In three seasons with the Sox, Miller has a 10-7 record, with a 4.24 ERA in 107 appearances.