Orioles Acquire Andrew Miller From Red Sox For Eduardo Rodriguez
The Orioles have reportedly acquired Red Sox left handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Cranick.
Andrew Miller is being traded to #orioles, says source.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2014
In return, Baltimore is sending Boston left-handed pitching prospect Eduard Rodriguez.
Update: The O’s have officially announced the deal.
Confirmed AA Bowie LHP Eduardo Rodriguez going to Red Sox for Andrew Miller
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 31, 2014
As Jeff Todd points out on MLBTradeRumors.com, Miller has been one of baseball’s best lefty relievers this season, posting a ridiculous 14.7 K/9 and 52.5% ground ball rate. Miller has limited left handed hitters to a .420 OPS and righties to a .537 OPS this season.
It’s an acquisition the strengthens the Orioles bullpen and could be the difference between a win and a loss in a short postseason series.
To make the move, the O’s had to part with their third ranked prospect according to Baseball America. That a hefty price for Miller, who is a free agent after this season. Rodriguez is a lefty that some believed would be develop into a mid-rotation starter, though CJ Wittman of Baseball Prospectus’ prospect team believes he’ll likely be a backend rotation guy.
Rodriguez hasn’t fared well in Double-A this season, pitching to a 4.79 ERA, allowing 9.8 H/9 and 3.2 BB/9. Still, it feels like the O’s could have gotten more for a 21 year old pitching prospect.
Did I mention he’s left handed?