Showalter on the trade
Orioles manager Buck Showalter weighed in on the Orioles trade today for Andrew Miller –in exchange for lefty Eduardo Rodriguez– and said that the new lefty will be in Baltimore tonight and uniform on Friday.
Asked what Miller does for his team, Showalter said: ” “He’s just another good piece. He goes with some other good pieces down there. He gives us more depth down there, keep passing the load around. I think he’s a little more than just a left-handed arm. You look at left-handed relievers, the ideal ones are the guys that you’ve got left-right-left and you can leave them in there for the right.”
Showalter acknowledged that what will be difficult is creating space for Miller. The Orioles bullpen already has three lefties in T.J. McFarland, Brian Matusz and closer Zach Britton. McFarland has an option and could be the odd man out, with righties Ryan Webb and Brad Brach also having Minor League options.
The move is clearly a win-now one, with Miller set to be a free agent after the season.
“We know that the Red Sox like him and other teams will like him,” Showalter said, “but we think he can impact our ability to make the playoffs and we are willing to take that risk.”
“He’s done it at a high level, in pressure situations and done it in the American League and the American League East. There’s a lot of factors that lean toward him being good. There’s always a period where guys make a transition to a new club, but I feel confident bringing guys into our locker room.”