Should the Boston Red Sox trade reliever Andrew Miller?

In today's Red Sox rumors and news update, the Boston Red Sox have a tough decision ahead of them on whether or not to shop reliever Andrew Miller before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.

Per Matt Collins of Over the Monster, "they could decide to trade him and get an interesting piece back from a team who feels they're one arm away from the playoffs. However, if they go that route, they're going to have a very tough time replacing him for next year's team. Because of that, unless some team completely blows them away, it'd make more sense for the Red Sox to keep Andrew Miller around, and try to work out some sort of two-year extension with him after the trade deadline."

Miller has been an impact arm out of the pen over the past three seasons, compiling a 2.77 ERA while striking out 35% of the batters he has faced. That kind of efficiency is driving Miller's value up, making him an intriguing trade chip if the Red Sox decide to go that way.

However, Miller could very well play into the team's plans at the back of the bullpen. Speculation has been circulating over the past couple of days that Miller could slot into a closer role for the team in 2015 or later, perhaps pulling him out of the marketplace altogether.


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