DALLAS The Red Sox re-signed left-hander Andrew Miller to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for 2012 on Tuesday.
After starting 2011 in Pawtucket, Miller, the former first-round pick (sixth overall) of the Tigers in 2006 made his Red Sox debut June 20. He went 6-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 17 games (12 starts). Miller started out 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA in his first four appearances, all starts, and went 6-1 (4.42) in 12 games (11 starts) before dropping his next two decisions while finishing the season in the bullpen. He will report to spring training prepared to start.
We felt like Andrew really made really good progress last year in Pawtucket and then came up and made a few good starts for us in the big leagues and then hit a couple of road bumpS, then flashed some things late in the season out of the bullpen, general manager Ben Cherington said.
So weve been enamored with his potential and then obviously worked hard to sign him last offseason. We always felt like this year was a development year for him. Even last year when we signed him when we were going into it, looking at 2011 as a development year, we think he made some good progress and finished the year in the big leagues for the first time.
"We felt like he was someone who we can continue to work with and hes a lot closer to being an established major league pitcher than he was at this time last year. So we were able to work out a deal that we thought made sense and this is where he wanted to be.
Hell prepare for spring training as a starter, and well lethim get stretched out, see what he looks like. But hes done both starting and relieving and flashed really good things in both roles. So well see what it looks like in spring training and make a call then.