The Boston Red Sox and Lefty Wade Miley have agreed on a 3 year contract extension for $19.25 million over 3 years. The Red Sox hold a $12 million option for 2018 or can give Miley a $500,000 buyout. Miley also could earn $2 million in incentives with the contract avoiding salary arbitration. Miley is a key acquisition to the Sox revamped rotation along with role players Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello. Boston acquired Miley, a 2012 NL All-Star with Arizona, from the Diamondbacks on Dec. 12 for right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, and minor league infielder Raymel Flores. Miley was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 201 & 1/3 innings last season, with 25 percent of his pitches being sliders, which is up from 21 percent in 2013 and 14 percent in 2012, according to Brooks Baseball.
During his ’12 All-Star campaign Miley only had 5 total starts against AL East teams as well as never facing the Sox themselves. Over the past 3 seasons Miley has posted a 3.74 ERA while going 34-33. Miley averaged just shy of 200 innings and leads the majors in starts by a lefthander with 66 over the last two seasons. “We like him and we believe he’s going to help us win games. When we traded for him our full expectation was he could be here for a while,” general manager Ben Cherington said via Alex Spier of The Boston Globe. With Miley signed and the recent addition of relievers Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross, Cherington does not expect any major transactions before spring training starts Feb. 20. “I would expect the group we have for spring training is in place. I’d be surprised if there were any additions,” Cherington said.
With Spring Training on the horizon its almost time for baseball once again. February 20th cannot arrive fast enough!
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