Andrew Miller has been drawing considerable interest over the past week and with the Boston Red Sox struggling, the team is appearing more and more likely to be willing to move him and other pieces on their roster before Thursday’s trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates have emerged as two potential destinations with great interest in the left-hander.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution hears that the Braves have had a scout following the Red Sox lately. The team is known to have interest in Miller. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes that the Pirates have been scouting Boston relievers for the past few weeks.
One potential hangup to a deal, however, is the belief that the Red Sox have interest in re-signing Miller after the season when he’ll reach free agency. He’s making a mere $1.9 Million this season and will see a certain increase in any new deal. The two sides have not yet discussed an extension, according to multiple reports. Of course, Boston could move him now and still look to re-sign him this winter.
Miller, 29, is in the midst of the best season of his career. He’s made 47 appearances for the Red Sox on the year, with a 2.52 ERA and 0.941 WHIP. His 14.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 each mark career bests.