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    Wednesday, December 22, 2004

    Ho vs Wade

    Sox sign Wade Miller to a one year deal.

    Last year the 29 year old starting pitcher won 7 games and earned 3.5 million dollars along the way. According to reports on ESPN.com Miller agreed to 1.5 million dollars for 2005 with incentives that could reach a total of 4.5 million.

    The Red Sox were right on it from the beginning," Garber said. "They flew him to
    town and made him feel welcome. That's what Theo Epstein does. He makes players
    feel wanted, and they want to come here."

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    The book on Wade:

    After a slow start, Wade was one of the best pitchers down the stretch for the Astros in 2003. For the season, Wade was 14-13 with a 4.13 ERA, throwing a team-high 187.1 innings. However, over his final 14 starts of the year, Wade was 9-4 and allowed four or more earned runs only twice while pitching six or more innings 10 times.
    After leading the Astros in wins (16), ERA (3.40) and innings pitched in 2001 en route to being named the team's Pitcher of the Year, Wade came back with yet another strong season in 2002. Despite missing more than a month of the season due to a pinched nerve in his neck, Wade went 15-4 with a 3.28 ERA. His 15 victories ranked second on the Astros and tied for 10th in the league. He also ranked second on the Astros in ERA, games started (26), innings pitched (164.1) and strikeouts (144). After coming off the disabled list in late May, Wade went on to win 15 of 16 starts, including a 12-game winning streak from June 10-Sept. 21. Wade dominated most opponents during the streak and ended the season holding opposing batters to a .219 average.

    Wade throws his fastball in the mid 90s in addition to a sharp curveball and slider that he keeps low in the strike zone. A 20th-round draft choice in 1996, Wade made his debut with the Astros in 2000, going 6-6 with two complete games. Wade had 89 strikeouts in 105 innings pitched.


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