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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller throws against the Toronto Blue Jays  in Toronto.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


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.


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.