Andrew Miller: Boston Red Sox Made An ‘Impressive Offer’ In Free Agency


The New York Yankees made Andrew Miller an offer he couldn?t refuse. If they didn?t, Miller might be wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform.

Miller, whom the Red Sox traded to the Baltimore Orioles last July, signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees in free agency over the offseason. The 29-year-old left-hander said Wednesday he strongly considered a reunion with Boston before taking his new deal with New York.

“I knew (the Red Sox) better than anybody,” Miller said Wednesday in Tampa, according to “They were in it. I know it’s hard for everybody to keep straight what it was, but they made a heck of a run at it. It just so happened that I had a better offer here and it’s something that fit me better I thought.

“Hindsight is always 20-20, so you can talk about it later, but it wasn’t for lack of effort or them making a bad offer. They certainly made an impressive offer. If I had taken it, it certainly wouldn’t have looked bad for me. This seemed like a better fit, with the total package.”

Miller was excellent for the Red Sox after converting from a starter into a full-time reliever in 2012. He suffered an injury during Boston?s 2013 World Series campaign, but he returned in 2014 to have a career year.

The Red Sox traded Miller to the O?s in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez — it?s looking like a good deal for the Sox, too — but Boston definitely showed interest in re-signing the veteran reliever before New York came over the top in early December.

“There was a lot of talk,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday of Boston?s effort to re-sign Miller. “But as the No. 1 left-hander on the market, he was going to have a number of options, which was the case.”

Miller posted a 2.02 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP and 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings last season in 73 regular-season appearances split between Boston and Baltimore.

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