Why else would Houston clear the Miller salary. They know they're getting him.
Houston let Miller go because they couldn't offer him anything lower than 80% of his 2004 salary, which was around 5 million, and they were concerned with paying an injured pitcher 5 million dollars in 2005, when he might not contribute till 2006 .. . Houston owned Wade Millers rights till 2006 so that is the only reason they let him go. It had nothing to do with Beltran.