Sox now listening to offers for Miller

Sox now listening to offers for Miller
July 27, 2014, 3:15 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For weeks leading up to the trade deadline, Andrew Miller was the most asked-about player on the Red Sox roster. But the message from the Red Sox to those teams was direct: not available.
     
Now, however, that may have changed.
     
According to teams who have been in contact with them of late, the Sox have been telling clubs that they are at least willing to listen to offers for Miller, who can be a free agent after this season.
     
The change of attitude comes as the Red Sox slog through a disastrous road trip that saw them lose five straight heading into the series finale here Sunday.
     
It's been obvious for some time that the Sox would move Jake Peavy, and they did so Saturday, sending him to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for two pitching prospects.
    
In the aftermath of the Peavy deal, the focus has now shifted to Jon Lester, who said Friday that he wouldn't have any "hard feelings'' if the Sox dealt him. Lester further added that being traded wouldn't preclude him from returning in the off-season as a free agent.
     
But the willingness to listen on Miller could signal a more aggressive "sell'' mode for the Sox.
     
Miller's value on the market is considerable, with a handful of teams in the market for late-inning bullpen help. That Miller is lefthanded with the ability to gets swing-and-misses only increases his value.
     
This season, despite a stretch that saw him lose four games -- all in walk-offs -- in the span of 11 days, Miller is enjoying his best season, displaying improved control while averaging an astonishing 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
     
The Atlanta Braves, who are hopeful that lefty reliever Johnny Venters can return from Tommy John surgery later this season, but could use bullpen depth to set-up for closer Craig Kimbrel.
     
The Braves have had a scout following the Red Sox for the better part of this week. The Pitsburgh Pirates are anothe club known to be in the market for bullpen help. They, too, have had a scout in attendance this series.
     
Miller said recently that the Red Sox have yet to approach him regarding a contract extension. He can be expected to have a huge market this fall and, at 29, should attract multi-year offers.

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