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Orioles acquire Andrew Miller from Red Sox

Jul 31, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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This morning the Red Sox were reportedly close to trading left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the Tigers, but that deal apparently fell through because now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Miller has been sent to the Orioles.

Miller never developed into the top-of-the-rotation starter many expected, but the impending free agent has become a dominant reliever with a 2.78 ERA, .191 opponents’ batting average, and 168 strikeouts in 113 innings since 2012.

Zach Britton has 21 saves with a 1.65 ERA since taking over the Orioles’ closer gig, so his grip on ninth-inning duties seems secure, but Miller should see plenty of late-inning action in high-leverage situations for Baltimore.

In exchange for Miller the Red Sox receive minor-leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez, a 21-year-old left-hander with a 4.79 ERA and 69/29 K/BB ratio in 83 innings at Double-A. His stock has dipped somewhat this season, but Rodriguez ranked as one of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects coming into year and looks like a relatively steep price to pay for two months of relief help.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    YOU GET A RED SOCK! YOU GET A RED SOCK! YOU GET A RED SOCK! EVERYBODY GETS A RED SOCK!

    • uwsptke - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Ooh! Ooh! Can you send Mike Napoli to Milwaukee please?!

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Let’s see—Lackey, Lester, Miller, Gomes, Peavy, and maybe more. It will be interesting to see if Farrell fares better than the much maligned Bobby V after his team is blown up like 2012 squad. Even though Farrell has a lot more to work with (more healthy players, better depth) my guess is NO.

    • titansbro - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yeah, my guess is NO. A WS ring will usually provide you with some protection from getting fired the next year.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I wonder if he’s going to pull Bogaerts after he falls behind 0-2, like Bobby V did with Jose Iglesias. That was awesome.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Sell! Sell! Sell! All about 2015, Cmon Larry, Ben. Find a way to move Drew, so Holt can play 3rd everyday.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I would guess Drew gets moved before the next deadline.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        For what? A jar of peanut butter? Wait, wait. The Sox and Mariners could swap him and Morales!

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        OMG.

        He’s a Yankee now. Wow.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        For Kelly Johnson. So … yes. Peanut butter.

      • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        They could have traded Drew for a used jock and I’d have applauded. So glad that he’s off the team. Now Bogaerts can go back to SS and Holt can play full time at 3B.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        I think it’s Middlebrooks for two months at third. His last chance.

        “Today, I settle all family business.” — Ben Cherington, probably.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Beat me to it. What good timing. We got KJ for SD?

      • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Well, that would definitely be Middlebrooks’ last chance, yeah. On the other hand they could just let Middlebrooks sit in PAW and give Sox fans a reason to watch games the rest of the season by starting Holt.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Orioles overpaid by a bundle for this rental. Really bad move by the birds. This move does little to nothing for them in the end.

    • DJ MC - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Actually, the end (as in “of games”) is where this move does everything.

    • jennstergersburnedretinas - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Weiters need lefty help and have Harvey, Bundy, Berry, Wilson, et al. Don’t think it’s a bad move, you want Matusz being a go to lefty?

      • timsizzle83 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Exactly, matusz ain’t that guy. At least not this year.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      I can understand the attitude, but the Red Sox won a World Series by (in part) trading for Dave Roberts. The small moves can make a big difference. And Miller’s been really really really terrific this year: a lefty specialist who can also handle righties just fine.

      I guess it depends on whether you think the Orioles’ window is still open in 2015, or not. Me (not a fan of the Orioles), I think they’re not going to be able to replace Cruz next year and ought to go all-in.

  5. djpostl - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Even with Rodriguez’s stock dropping a bit seems like a HUGE overpay for a 2 month rental that isn’t a starter, isn’t a closer…isn’t even a setup guy.

    It’s even more of an overpay with Bundy struggling and another highly touted O’s arm having elbow issues.

    • lennylyles - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I like to know how many of the posters have actually watched Rodrigues pitch. I live in Frederick, Md. Rodriguez does not have great stuff. According to the Keith Law the Orioles have three future number ones on their rotation with Gausman, Harvey, and Bundy. Rodrigues does not have the stuff those three have. Rodrigues struggled mightily this year. A good trade for the Orioles.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I have. I watched him at Bowie. (I live about 15 min up the road). He was very wild, and needs to develop a better breaking ball. He needs to work on his consistency. I can see a lot of promise in him, probably as a middle of the rotation kind of guy. He’s about two years away. He’s also very young.

        Also, his name is Rodriguez not Rodrigues.

      • lennylyles - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I have to question you objectivity when your pseudonym proclaims Matt Wieters is a bust. If you watched him in Bowie this year how can you say Rodriguez is a middle of the rotation guy? He does not throw hard. He is a finesse pitcher. AA hitters are hitting 274 against him. How does that project to a middle rotation guy in the American League East in two years? He has struggled mightily in AA. If he had the stuff that Gausman, Harvey, or Bundy have I could see you making that projection. His last outing he gave up 6 runs in 4 innings.

      • jrob23 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        lol. the kid can hit mid 90s and is still filling out so he has upside. He isn’t polished but you simply can’t talk down a 21 year old lefty with high upside unless you are a complete homer. How is that not ‘stuff’?

      • djpostl - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        And one is not recovering well from TJ while another is having “elbow discomfort”.

        In other words, you are starting to have some depth issues at SP.

        I am well aware of how his stuff hasn’t awed people and his stock isn’t what it used to be. But you still only got a LHRP on a 2 month rental.

        Seems steep to me.

  6. DJ MC - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Eduardo Rodriguez is a high price to pay for two months of a LOOGY.

    But he’s great at his job. Considering the Orioles have real aspirations of a deep playoff run and seeing Matusz come into a game elicits far more feelings of fear and despair than confidence (unless he’s facing David Ortiz or Josh Hamilton), this could be a huge pickup.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Not a LOOGY.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/statsplits.aspx?playerid=6785&position=P&season=2014

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Thank you. Soooo not a LOOGY

  7. natstowngreg - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Scratch one of the possibilities for adding a lefty to the Nats’ bullpen.

  8. unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I can’t emphasize enough how much I love Ben Cherington’s work here over the past two weeks.

    And as 18thstreet mentioned above, Drew will surely pass waivers if Cherington can find a buyer in August.

  9. xjokerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    RedSox getting value for Miller alone is a miracle.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      You think? I mean, teams that need a reliever need a reliever (See: Bagwell for Anderson).

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Not at all – he was by far the best lefty reliever on the market, and it has been a markedly seller’s market due to the wild cards.

    • rje49 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Don’t see how a guy with a 4.79 ERA @ Double A is “value”. Guy may never even make the majors; who knows? I’ll make a note of this for future reference to see if Eduardo Rodriguez is ever as good as Miller has been the past 2 seasons.

  10. jrob23 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Great trade for both sides. Sox get a developmental lefty with good stuff, Orioles bolster their bullpen for a playoff run. People claiming Rodriguez sucks because of his minor league stats have to realize that throwing 95 mph for a lefty is outstanding. He’s also still filling out his frame and working on his craft. He is a couple years away. Give us a break with your AA stats.

  11. watermelon1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Two decent starters available and the orioles go overpay for a reliever to a division rival.

    That’s the Orioles I know!

    Different season, same story.

  12. gargamelsmentor - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I’m not upset about trading a guy who has a 4.76 ERA in double-a. Miller is an upgrade over Matusz, so bring it on. Go O’s!

  13. lennylyles - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I have probably seen Rodriquez pitch in person 5-8 times and never saw him hit 95. I can go by the eye test and take my 32 years coaching at the collegiate D1 and and high school level and tell you I am not impressed. Gausman was wow when you saw him. The guy is an ok back end of the rotation prospect. He is struggling mightily in AA.

  14. tombstoned - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Sorry BoSox fans, but Rodriguez is not nearly as good as you all are wishing him to be. He will be a fine pitcher in your minor league system, but will likely never become anything more. Guy was never gonna crack our rotation. Keep telling yourselves the O’s overpaid if it makes you feel better though.

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