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Monday, December 20, 2004
Miller hits free-agent market

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Wade Miller became a free agent Monday when the Houston Astros declined to offer him a new contract.

Wade Miller
Starting Pitcher
Houston Astros
15 7 7 0 74 3.35

Miller was 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts before going on the disabled list June 29 with a season-ending 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.

When the Astros signed Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens last offseason, the 28-year-old Miller was dropped to the No. 4 spot in the rotation behind those two and Roy Oswalt.

The Astros offered contracts to Oswalt (20-10, 3.49 ERA in 36 games), outfielder Lance Berkman, infielder Mike Lamb and right-handed pitchers Brandon Duckworth, Pete Munro, and Tim Redding.

Berkman has hit .303 for the Astros with 156 home runs and 535 RBI the past six seasons. Lamb, acquired from the New York Yankees in March, hit .288 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 2004.

Duckworth was 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA for the Astros in 2004. Munro was 4-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 21 games in 2004, and Redding 5-7 with a 5.72 ERA.