Wade Miley

Red Sox agree to three-year deal with Wade Miley, avoid arbitration

John Tomase
February 05, 2015 - 11:33 am

The Red Sox agreed to a three-year deal with left-hander Wade Miley, buying out the left-hander's remaining arbitration years. Miley will earn $3.5 million in 2015, followed by salaries of $6 million in 2016 and $8.75 million in 2017. The Red Sox hold a $12 million option for 2018, with an $800,000 buyout, according to colleague Rob Bradford. "I'm just excited to get the commitment and everything, and hopefully everything works out and we're going to win some ballgames," Miley said on a conference call Thursday. "I'm just thrilled to be a part of this Red Sox Nation and be a part of the organization and excited to get it going." The Red Sox acquired the 28-year-old from the Diamondbacks for prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster in December, shortly after losing left-hander Jon Lester in free agency. Miley, who finished second in the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year voting, is coming off a 2014 that saw him post a full-season career-worst 4.34 ERA, but also strike out a career-best 183. The Red Sox believe his combination of durability (3 straight seasons with at least 194 innings), stuff, and youth makes him a breakout candidate in 2015. "The best predictor of future durability and performance is past durability and performance," Cherington said. The GM is excited to see how Miley fares outside of Arizona's Chase Field, which is a hitter's park. "We looked at a guy who has been a consistent performer in a tough place to pitch," Cherington said. "You look at the last two years in Arizona, guys who have been there, it hasn'€™t been an easy place to pitch and you see guys who left there and pitch even better after they left. So we'€™ll see what happens but we'€™re confident Wade can be an important part of our rotation and help give us a chance to win ballgames." Miley was the last Red Sox player eligible for arbitration, extending the team's streak without reaching a hearing to 13 years. The last player to do so was right-hander Rolando Arrojo in 2002.