The Marlins received "between $1.35 and $1.5 million for Millar" from Boston. They refunded the $1.2 that Chunichi had paid for his rights. And an additional sum of reportedly between $1.2 million and $1.5 million was paid to Chunichi to let Millar go. The one thing that the two ESPN articles does not report is where that additional sum came from. I initially assumed the commissioner's office and see no other explanation as a) it was not attributed to Florida and b) Boston had no right to offer anuy cash as they had no claim to his services at that point.
Millar should be a useful member of the Red Sox team this season. But any baseball fan should be rooting as hard as they can for the Yankees to bury the Sox by the break. The whole affair stinks worse than last week's meatloaf. Of course, the Pavlovian fans have been taught that the Yankees are the evil ones because the spend their seemingly inexhaustable funds wisely as opposed to the Red Sox, who appear to get a mulligan once or twice a year and whose owners were fast-tracked into purchasing the team even though better offers were on the table. If that's not evil, I don't know what is.