Red Sox' deal with Miller likely to be modified

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Red Sox' deal with Miller likely to be modified

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Miller's unique contractual clause, in which the pitcher would see his 2012 option increase if he is claimed on waivers by another organization, is under review by both the commissioner's office and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and is likely to be modified in the coming days, multiple industry sources said.

Miller is out of options. After being non-tendered last November, he re-signed a minor-league deal which would pay him 1.2 million if he were to make it to Boston's big-league roster. Fearful that he would be lost to another team in the event he was returned to the minors, the Sox came up with a creative clause, which would serve to increase his option for 2012 to 3 million, thereby providing a disincentive for teams interested in claiming him.

The commissioner's office was the first to raise some objections as to whether the deal was in compliance with the collective barganing agreement. Subsequently, the Players Association became involved to represent Miller's interests.

A source with knowledge of the process indicated Wednesday that a "reolution'' to the contract could be reached by the end of the week.

Miller is likely to begin the season at Pawtucket. The issue of his contract would not come into play unless and until he had his minor-league deal purchased, but a source said both sides -- i.e., the union and MLB -- wanted to get the contract issue resolved beforehand.

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.