Miller to Orioles for E. Rodriguez
The Orioles have acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for one of their top pitching prospects in Eduardo Rodriguez. The deal is a bit of a departure for the O’s in dealing one of the young pitchers but isn’t completely a shock. Rodriguez has had a down year, along with an injury, and the organization had been down on the young lefty some in 2014.
Miller fills a need for the Orioles, giving them a left-handed reliever who can defend himself against lefties and righties. A free agent at the end of the season, Miller has a 2.34 ERA and has struck out 69 in 42 1/3 innings pitched this season. The 29-year-old has held righties to a .180./.279/.258 line and lefties to a .150/.203/.217 line.
Rodriguez, 21, is ranked as the O’s No. 3 prospect, and missed more than a month with a knee sprain suffered while lifting weights. He has pitched to a 4.79 ERA at Double-A Bowie although there were some internal questions about his worth ethic in coming back from the injury. Still he is a young, cheap left-handed pitcher with a lot of upside and has been one of the youngest players invited to big league camp the past two seasons.
The trade was first reported by ESPN.