How much did Miller contemplate a return engagement to Boston?
"A lot. I knew them better than anybody," said Miller. "They were in it. I know it's hard for everybody to keep straight what it was, but they made a heck of a run at it. It just so happened that I had a better offer here and it's something that fit me better I thought.
"Hindsight is always 20-20, so you can talk about it later, but it wasn't for lack of effort or them making a bad offer. They certainly made an impressive offer. If I had taken it, it certainly wouldn't have looked bad for me. This seemed like a better fit, with the total package."
Boston manager John Farrell was asked how unattractive it is to see Miller in a Yankees uniform.
"When he comes on the mound, that's when he gets really unattractive," said Farrell. "You know what? We had a really good pitcher. And for obvious reasons, we got a really good pitcher in return. But the way he's come along as maybe one of the best left-handed relievers in the game, man, he adapted to the role, his resiliency from a physical standpoint is there. He's a great teammate. We just hope those things show up when we're not in town."
How much did the Red Sox talk about trying to retain Miller?
"There was a lot of talk," said Farrell. "But as the No. 1 left-hander on the market, he was going to have a number of options, which was the case."
The Yankees signed Miller to a four-year, $36 million deal.
The offseason was a perfect storm for Miller. Not only was he the best lefty reliever on the market, but he was coming off a breakout season, one in which he was able to showcase his skills for the Orioles during the American League Championship Series.
"I think I kept pitching better and better, and last year was the best I had pitched," said Miller. "I had a full season. I had that fluke injury the year before and stuff. I think timing definitely worked in my favor. I think honestly the best thing that happened was getting traded to Baltimore.
"In Boston, the way the hierarchy was set, [Junichi Tazawa] threw the eighth a lot and I would get in there sometimes, this and that. I think going to Baltimore and being paired up with Darren [O'Day], we had the eighth inning, whichever made more sense. I think getting to pitch in a playoff situation and kind of having the spotlight on you, all that kind of stuff really played in my favor."