Andrew Miller's status: Who got the story right- Peter Abraham/Boston Globe or Alex Speier/WEEI?

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    Andrew Miller's status: Who got the story right- Peter Abraham/Boston Globe or Alex Speier/WEEI?

    Source: Red Sox plan to add Miller to rotation
    Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff June 14, 2011 08:48 PM

    A Major League source told the Globe tonight that the Red Sox are working on a plan to add Class AAA Pawtucket lefthander Andrew Miller to the rotation.

    Miller has a clause in his minor-league contract that would allow him to declare free agency tomorrow if he is not promoted to the majors.

    Miller has been one of the best pitchers in the International League in recent weeks. In his last five starts, Miller has allowed seven earned runs over 30.1 innings with seven walks and 30 strikeouts.

    Miller went 5.1 innings against Charlotte tonight, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He has a 2.47 earned run average this season.

    According to the source, the Sox are planning to start Miller against the San Diego Padres next week and will create space in the rotation by shifting around the starts of John Lackey and Tim Wakefield. That would create essentially a six-man rotation.

    The Red Sox have not commented on what their plans are for Miller. Speaking to reporters earlier today, manager Terry Francona praised Miller's performance and said he personally recruited him over the winter.

    There is no word on when Miller would be added to the roster. But presumably the promise of being added to the rotation would keep him from exercising his out clause tomorrow.

    Several teams in need of a starter, including the Yankees, have scouted Miller in recent weeks. Were he to opt-out, it's almost certain that he would be added to a major league roster.

    Red Sox Sources: No decision on Miller
    By: Alex Speier/Weei

    Multiple Red Sox sources said on Tuesday night that no decision has been made regarding the next step for left-hander Andrew Miller, with one suggesting instead that "everything is open" until the team and pitcher sit down to discuss his future with the organization on Wednesday.

    Miller, who struck out 10 and walked one in 5 1/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, has an opt-out in his minor league contract if he is not called up by tomorrow. However, sources indicate that the Sox are unlikely to let the situation come to that, and that they plan on talking with the pitcher about how to continue what both sides have referred to as a "partnership" beyond the opt-out date -- whether in the majors or minors. A left-hander with a history of control troubles, Miller has been dominant while attacking the strike zone of late, striking out 26 and walking three hitters in his last 25 1/3 innings, spanning four starts.

    While www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2011/06/source_red_sox.html" target="_blank">a report in the Boston Globe suggested that Miller will be called up and added to the rotation in the upcoming series against the Padres, the team sources said that the Sox had not yet made a decision about whether Miller will be called up, or if he is promoted to the majors, how his role might be defined. Sox GM Theo Epstein is slated to meet with Miller to discuss the pitcher's path going forward on Wednesday.

    "I know Theo plans to sit with him [Wednesday] and kind of talk about his status," Red Sox manager Terry Francona explained before Tuesday’s game against the Rays. "He's throwing the ball great. He’s somebody we’ve obviously watched since spring training with anticipation because of what he potentially can do but I do know Theo is going to sit and visit with him.”

    "There’s a lot to like about him," added Francona. "He’s a good kid. He’s grounded. He went through a lot of stuff in the winter talking to him because I wanted him here so bad. I kind of spent some time talking to him. He’s just a likeable kid. I think he wants to succeed here. I think he likes it here."


     
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      THEO WILL DO THE RIGHT THING...... JOHN HENRY"S JET WILL BE DEPARTING GREENE AIR PORT BY THE END OF DAY, WITH MILLER ON BOARD..... HECK, YOU JUST CAN'T LET THE YANK$$$ GET A HOLD OF THAT 99 ON THE GUN !!!
     
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    I've read where numerous teams have been scouting him his past few outings down at Pawtucket. They'll certainly be all over him if he walks...especially the Y's. His past several starts have been spectacular.
    A just turned 26 year-old lefty w/ ML experience and throws mid-ninties? Yeah, a handful of other teams might be interested in that. I think in a year or two we'll be very thankful we have this guy.
     
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    miller is not a guarantee to be a major league success yet, but he is very much worth the call up.

    but, a contract is a contract.  we certainly could not blame miller for opting out. with so many teams looking for pitching there will certainly be a team willing to take the gamble by bringing him back to the majors at a low cost.

    if the sox bring him up (bowden back to pawtucket) and he does well, then the plan from last winter was a success.  if he does not do well, he was a great gamble.
     
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    it's a no-brainer; the SOX bring up MILLER and send either BOWDEN or the bullpen lefty down.

    because it's a no-brainer, even THEO should be able to figure it out.
     
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    Miller has been unhittable all year in Pawtucket, even when he was walking 5-6 guys a game he would only surrender 1-2 hits and few runs scored.  Now that his command seems to have improved I feel that there is reason to be optimistic that that success can transfer over to the bigs.

    Having another LHP in the rotation would be big, as of now we only have Lester but if Miller can be successful then we will have two dominant LHP and RHP. 
     
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    Andrew Miller could be a fixture in our rotaion for the next 5-6 years.  What a great thing to have two top-notch lefties in the rotation!!
     
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    Its Miller Time...
     
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    Peter Abraham is all over this story and is dead right.  The Sox are very likely to call Miller up and probably as a sixth starter.  When they do that, Miller and Aceves, who also has pitched well this year, can be put to work or traded. 

    Suddenly, Matsuzaka on the DL looks more like a blessing than a curse because the Sox now have 7 starters:  Beckett, Buchholz, Lester, Lackey, Wakefield, Aceves, and Miller.   Lackey has been very inconsistent with the Sox.  Wakefield could get hurt (back, etc).  Aceves looks good, but hasn't started a lot.  And Miller is very inexperienced and has a history of control problems. 

    If Miller isn't called up, he absolutely will go somewhere else, and who can blame him? 

    This is a fun story because it's good for Miller and the Sox, but certainly hasn't been played out.  More to follow.    Miller sounds like a pretty articulate guy--no surprise, really, because he spent three years at Chapel Hill. 
     
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    They'll have to bring him up if he forces their hand. Another team would snap him up in a heartbeat, including the yankees.


    Maybe they will reach or have reached some other kind of agreement. It sounded like he and his agent were happy with the way things were going and wouldn't press the issue, in another article I was reading yesterday.

     
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    From an organizational standpoint, there is no reason to not call him up and let him go elsewhere.
     
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    I'd have to guess that the next move will be some sort of joint decision between the team and Miller based on a conversation today.  I think one can predict with certainty that the Sox will not let this guy walk at this time or anytime in the near future.  That is unless/until he starts to stink it up in an unredeemable fashion and he refuses team recommended options.

    I don't think 25 innings completely wipe out his prior 3 years of history, but I certainly do hope he is on the right track and keeps progressing.  At a minimum, Miller, Aceves and Wakefield provide outstanding depth at the back of the rotation.  At the high end of possible outcomes, Miller might be an enormous boost to our rotation down the stretch and in the future.
     
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    One walk in the last 20 innings...I like that...bring the nasty south-paw up to the Nation...
     
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    Miller sounds like a pretty articulate guy--no surprise, really, because he spent three years at Chapel Hill. 

    One is articulate before Chapel Hill, not because of three years at Chapel Hill. Compared to most federal money taking political propaganda tanks, Chapel Hill is the best value and best place to go. However, the leftitsts have destroyed education and bankrupted the people. Education needs to be reformed and the Leftists need to be removed from the administration and teaching levels. They have ruined two generations.

    The Lord provides the gifts that people have, and good parents and/or mentors teach children how to be articulate. The smartest and most articulate people I have met from my generation did not attend "higher education". They studied on their own.  
     
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    I was the same guy who said years ago that Lester will become a cy young winner down the road. This was when he was struggling in the majors. Now, I said it when Sox signed Mller- this kid will be our second coming of Lester.

    Add Miller to a a rotation of Lester, Beckett, and Bucholz and suddenly Sox have the best 1-4 rotation in the AL.

    I agree, do not let the NY Yankees get a hold of Miller. If Sox let this kid walk huge mistake.
     
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    Miller will be the first coming of Miller. Totally different approach and style. Miller has potential to be a solid starter, but he's no sure bet. Lester was as close to sure bet as it gets, so you didn't just see something no one else saw. Give Miller 20 starts and see where he is. Solid, adequate, marginal, or no confidence. I'd say he'll be at least marginal, but have no idea how much better than that he will end up.
     
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    GordonEdes Gordon Edes
    Baseball source: Left-hander Andrew Miller will be promoted by Sox, to start Monday against Padres
     
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    I'm with betterred...don't bring no more stinkin' lefties into Massachusetts...leave that pinko lefty in Pawtucket or let him go to that lefty sinkhole called New York.......tea anyone?.....you betcha.....
     
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    Miller sounds like a pretty articulate guy--no surprise, really, because he spent three years at Chapel Hill.   One is articulate before Chapel Hill, not because of three years at Chapel Hill. Compared to most federal money taking political propaganda tanks, Chapel Hill is the best value and best place to go. However, the leftitsts have destroyed education and bankrupted the people. Education needs to be reformed and the Leftists need to be removed from the administration and teaching levels. They have ruined two generations. The Lord provides the gifts that people have, and good parents and/or mentors teach children how to be articulate. The smartest and most articulate people I have met from my generation did not attend "higher education". They studied on their own.  
    Posted by betterredthandead


    You really hate higher education? Wow. There is no negative to continuing the expansion of one's mind, and university's are built with this sole purpose.
     
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    In Response to Re: Andrew Miller's status: Who got the story right- Peter Abraham/Boston Globe or Alex Speier/WEEI? : You really hate higher education? Wow. There is no negative to continuing the expansion of one's mind, and university's are built with this sole purpose.
    Posted by NUSoxFan
    Nah..the church always had it right...the sun orbits the earth, but the lefties got everybody believing that we orbit the sun....and our ancestors are monkeys......those lefties will stop at nothin'.....
     
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    Miller will be the first coming of Miller. Totally different approach and style. Miller has potential to be a solid starter, but he's no sure bet. Lester was as close to sure bet as it gets, so you didn't just see something no one else saw. Give Miller 20 starts and see where he is. Solid, adequate, marginal, or no confidence. I'd say he'll be at least marginal, but have no idea how much better than that he will end up.
    Posted by betterredthandead



    Another "brilliant" baseball statement. Yeah, let's give him 20 starts. He might implode at any time, but we'll give him 20 starts.

    Funny, Wake only needed a couple to show he is now the #4 starter.
     
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    This lineup plus Beckett/Lester/Buchholz/Miller-start printing the World Series tickets!
     
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    In Response to Re: Andrew Miller's status: Who got the story right- Peter Abraham/Boston Globe or Alex Speier/WEEI? : You really hate higher education? Wow. There is no negative to continuing the expansion of one's mind, and university's are built with this sole purpose.
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    People who pursue an education beyond HS are "elitists" and, as we all know, elitists are mostly "leftists" or "socialists" ... clearly bad people.  I think to demonstrate you are "right" thinking, you should pursue as little education as possible.  I believe Pol Pot and the Taliban had nice blue prints for this kind of society.  
     
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