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Report: Red Sox to sign Miller

The Red Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Astros pitcher Wade Miller, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Miller reportedly passed a physical exam today in Boston and agreed to a contract with a $1.5 million base salary and $3 million in incentives. Agent Bob Garber said the deal will be finalized on Thursday.

Miller would join fellow Boston newcomer Matt Clement near the top of the rotation. Clement, who finalized a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Sox today, pitched against Miller in the competitive NL Central over the last few years. He said Miller would be a great pickup for the Sox.

“I got to see him quite often the last couple of years,” Clement said during a conference call to announce his signing, “the only thing that’s stopped him is he’s had a couple of freak injuries rather than actual injuries where he needed surgery. ... Great pitcher, hard thrower. He pitched well against us [the Cubs] many times over the last three years.”

Miller was 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts this year before being sidelined for the season June 29 because of a rotator cuff injury. In his first two full seasons for the Astros, Miller was 31-12 in 2001 and 2002. He then pitched through right forearm pain in 2003, but still was 14-13 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 starts.

He became a free agent Tuesday when he was not offered a contract Monday night. The Sox and Astros had discussions about him at the winter meetings.

Garber told ESPN.com he expects Miller to be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

Also today, the Red Sox agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo. 

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