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Andrew Miller hopes to stay with Red Sox but opt-out decision is 'business'

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 14, 2011 11:30 PM

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Earlier this evening, we reported that the Red Sox are working on a plan that would add Pawtucket LHP Andrew Miller to the rotation next week, a compromise that would keep him from opting out of his minor-league contract tomorrow.

Miller and agent Mark Rodgers are set to meet with Theo Epstein tomorrow.

Globe colleague Michael Vega was in Pawtucket tonight and spoke to Miller about the situation. He made it clear that he will do what is in his best interests if the Red Sox are unwilling to promote him.

“We all like to have fun playing baseball, but you look at it and it all boils down eventually to a business and money and whatnot. So there's that side of it and you've got to discuss it and figure out what's best for myself,” he said.

Miller, 26, is 3-3 with a 2.47 earned run average in 13 appearances for Pawtucket. The hard-throwing lefty went 5.1 innings against Charlotte tonight, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

“I don't know,” said Miller when asked whether his next game would be for the Red Sox. “I got my agent in town and we'll probably talk about it tonight. It's a tough decision, but we'll see. I think things are certainly going in the right direction here and it would be a shame not to keep it going.

"I mean, they've treated me great here. The Red Sox, in general and in every aspect,
have given me every opportunity and it's been first class and I don't have any complaints at all. It's a good place and a good fit for me."

Were he to opt-out, Miller would likely land in a major league rotation in 24 hours. Earlier today, the Yankees made a deal with Brian Gordon, a Class AAA pitcher in the Philadelphia organization after he opted out of his deal. Gordon is expected to start for the Yankees on Thursday.

Said Miller: "I'll start, I'll relieve, I'll play second base, it doesn't matter. If there's a spot in the big leagues, I want it. That's where everybody in this locker room wants to be. It's what we're all working towards."

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