Orioles Acquire Andrew Miller

The Orioles have issued an announcement of the 1-for-1 swap of lefties. Baltimore will acquire Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com first reported (via Twitter).

In return, Boston has picked up left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, per a tweet from Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (via Twitter) first reported that a young arm was included in the deal.

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Rodriguez represents a significant return for Boston on Miller, who emerged as the most sought-after left-handed reliever but is set to reach free agency at year’s end. He had been nothing short of dominant this year, posting 14.7 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9 and generating a 52.5% groundball rate.

Miller’s excellent 2.34 ERA is actually higher than advanced metrics would suggest, as Miller owns lower marks per ERA estimators such as FIP (1.69), xFIP (1.76) and SIERA (1.42). Miller has held down both lefties (.420 OPS) and righties (.537 OPS) on the year.

Rodriguez came into the year as Baltimore’s 3rd-best overall prospect, per Baseball America. The 21-year-old has not taken a step forward at Double-A, however, as he owns a 4.79 ERA with 7.5 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9 through 82 2/3 innings on the year. Though he profiles more as a middle-of-the-rotation arm, Rodriguez had been on a fast track to the big leagues and still has plenty of value.


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  1. Ben_Cherington 11 months ago

    Fantastic!

  2. The_Porcupine 11 months ago

    If you have an iffy rotation, beef up the pen. Hope the O’s didn’t overpay

  3. ugotrpk3113 11 months ago

    Err… Rodriguez. Sorry, wrong name.

    • Guest 11 months ago

      Way too much?

      • seren1tyn0w 11 months ago

        yes

      • Brian 11 months ago

        Perhaps. But I’ve never been on the E-Rod hype-wagon… Miller is one of, if not, the best bullpen arms available. As an O’s fan I like the deal. Probably a good deal for the Sox too.

      • Brian 11 months ago

        Perhaps. But I’ve never been on the E-Rod hype-wagon… Miller is one of, if not, the best bullpen arms available. As an O’s fan I like the deal. Probably a good deal for the Sox too.

  4. Doms 11 months ago

    This will give an idea of the price of interdivision trade

    • Kevin 11 months ago

      Its a rental Interdivision does not matter

      • Doms 11 months ago

        I think it does, no rivals want to help bolster another’s roster and help them win a WS. They got the teams #3 prospect. I think that’s a lot for a “rental”

        • Charles 11 months ago

          Rodriguez has been awful this year in Bowie. Hitters look like they’ve adjusted and he hasn’t made the necessary changes to counter act that.

    • Tvators 11 months ago

      Not really since two others teams not in Sox division back out of deals bc price was too high…

  5. Nicolas_C 11 months ago

    The Red Sox are doing well today!

  6. Ace2095 11 months ago

    Is it at least a good minor league pitcher? 😛

  7. Seth 11 months ago

    My sources tell me it is Dylan Bundy

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      Yep, Red Sox made him wear Rodriquez’s jersey until he got to Boston.

  8. GoAwayNow 11 months ago

    Its like Christmas morning! What is in this present?

  9. Letsgolos 11 months ago

    Ken Rosenthal said it’s Eduardo Rodriguez.

  10. Theo The Gorilla 11 months ago

    For whom?

  11. coreybishop 11 months ago

    What the heck man??? The Braves could have beat this offer!! Who in the world is answering a phone in Atlanta????

    • Mike Query 11 months ago

      Rodriguez is the 60th best prospect in baseball. I dont wanna trade Lucas Sims for 30 innings of a reliever. Huge overpay.

      • GOOREOS 11 months ago

        Over-rated by BBA and O’s fans because he’s a lefty who throws hard… not all that special and will be a major bust. At best he’s a left match-up man out of the pen… most likely a AAAA pitcher who bounces around for a few years.

        • Brian 11 months ago

          Not overrated by this O’s fan. You guys got shiny Etzel for a rental of one of the best bullpen arms available.

      • GOOREOS 11 months ago

        Don’t’ be surprised if he isn’t on that list next year.

        • Ishkabibble 11 months ago

          Rodriguez is 21 in a league where the average pitcher is 3 to 4 years older.

          • Yankees420 11 months ago

            The average age of pitchers in AA is 24-25? I’m asking in earnest, do you have a source?

    • Steve_in_MA 11 months ago

      Not really. Lucas Sims is about the only thing you have that’s close and he’s a right hander.

  12. Karkat 11 months ago

    Middling return for Lester/Gomes, peanuts for Lackey, Orioles’ #3 prospect for Miller.

    I don’t understand anything anymore.

    • ugotrpk3113 11 months ago

      This is what happens when Henry and company are more worried about filling the seats. They were so worried about being bad next year that they made silly decisions.

    • Charles Tetrick 11 months ago

      Cespedes, Craig and Kelly are all MLB talent that will be with Boston next year with a handshake agreement to sign Lester this Offseason they Sox got alot to be competitive next year.

      • Karkat 11 months ago

        Calling Craig and Kelly “talent” right now is a blatant misuse of that word. Craig is rocking a negative WAR right now. Joe Kelly is iffy. Cespedes is alright, but only around for 2015.

        And this “handshake agreement” talk is all speculation that non-Sox fans like to talk about. I don’t buy it for a second.

        • John Cate 11 months ago

          You’re right. A guy with a 3.25 career ERA in 266 major-league innings isn’t good enough to be a #5 starter…

          …on the 1968 Dodgers.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            Okay, my bad on Kelly, I was walking and was reading K/9 as ERA xD

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            Player 1 2014 3.93 FIP, 3.72 XFIP, 6.43 K/9, .77 HR/9

            Player 2 2014 3.87 FIP, 3.83 XFIP, 5.38 K/9, 1.00 HR/9

            PLayer 1 is Joe Kelly and PLayer 2 is Doug Fister guess Fister is awful xD

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I literally just admitted that I was reading the wrong columns

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            Well earlier you said the return for Lackey was two awful players… Also, you have continuously said the the trades were no where near fair value and commented as someone that would know which column to look at on a website…

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I was walking home from work, cut me some slack.

            For someone who criticized my reasoning earlier, you’re pretty quick to use a brief error of attention as a strawman for my whole body of reasoning

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            Alright fair enough. I apologize for my rudeness.

        • GrayhawkAZ 11 months ago

          I was going to say Craig is 30 and was losing playing time to Tavares

          • Brian 11 months ago

            Playing time doesn’t matter. StL depth is their problem. The fact that he hasn’t been hitting this year does matter…

        • Better 11 months ago

          I buy it 100% and I’m a Sox fan. Reading between the line for the last 3 months leads me to believe both sides (Lester and Sox) had something up their sleeves as far as Jon coming back.

          • Jeff Scott 11 months ago

            Agree. Doesn’t hurt that they sent him to Oakland–a team without the resources to keep him. Red Sox will have Lester in 2015.

          • John Cate 11 months ago

            And if we don’t have Lester, we’ll have Scherzer or Shields or trade for someone like them. The Yankees can’t sign all of them.

        • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

          One season of negative WAR and Allen Craig has no talent. Guess Matt Kemp is talentless and Bryce Harper and Carlos Gonzales and lots of other players having bad years. One year doesn’t mean everything.

        • MaineBaseball 11 months ago

          Lester is bound to be a FA. They weren’t going to pound out an extension before the end of the year. So even if they lose him they got a whole year of Cespedes and a 2nd round pick rather than a 1st round pick for losing him. Sounds good to me. There is also the real possibility they resign Lester and have Lester AND Cespedes next year.

          Now the Lackey trade: Lackey is going to be 36 years old. Joe Kelly is 10 years younger, has a 3.25 career ERA, and could be a very nice 3 or 4 starter for the Sox. They’re sort of buying low on Craig in a way. He was a .300 hitter in 2012 and 2013 but has scuffled this year. He could easily turn it around at Fenway.

          Miller trade: They got another young arm that they could use in a package for a marquee player this offseason.

          I have no doubt in Ben and I believe that the Red Sox will have a competitive team next year. The roster will look drastically different but BE PATIENT. It’s a good day to be a Red Sox fan.

          • Brian 11 months ago

            Probably the most insightful Sox perspective comment to here.

          • MaineBaseball 11 months ago

            Thank you!

          • John Cate 11 months ago

            Thanks. A voice of reason. This is the same front office that built a 69-win team into a World Champion in one off-season. It might be a little much to expect that to happen again, but the Red Sox know what they’re doing. They just acquired a good 26-year-old pitcher with 4.5 years of club control and a power-hitting outfielder who hits 25 homers a season despite playing in one of the worst hitters’ parks in baseball. He could bust out in a big way in Fenway.

          • Jeff Scott 11 months ago

            Yes, I was thinking the same thing about Cespedes–Fenway is a MUCH friendlier hitter’s park.

          • MaineBaseball 11 months ago

            Agreed!

        • Brian 11 months ago

          I hope the Cubs sign him!

    • Wojo 11 months ago

      My other post got deleted, but: Please explain to me how they were awful trades? Lester was gone in 2 months, so instead of a pick we get a bonafide MLB OF ( i know he is only under contract for one year) and a pick. Lackey we get two MLB players under team control. One of which is one year removed from being an all-star. The other is a 26 year old who started game 3 of the World Series last year. So again, please explain to me how these are awful trades?

    • MaineBaseball 11 months ago

      I’m a Red Sox fan and I don’t understand how any Red Sox fan can dislike what the Sox have done for trades today.

    • Baseball Legend 11 months ago

      Makes no sense whatsoever. Potentially their best return and likely most useful looking forward was obtained for a guy that just 16 months ago was banished to the south pole. I really deep down truly believe the Red Sox front office is in way over their heads. I often chuckled how much stock they put in draft picks, which when it comes down to it, that’s their strong side. Outside of that, this front office really has no business, well, doing business.

    • Brian 11 months ago

      Middling return? Cespedes through 2015 for $10.5m. Plenty of cash to resign Lester in the off-season and still have Cespedes in the middle of the order?
      The Sox wanted Lackey off the team. Period.
      E-Rod WAS the #3. He’s not even in the top 10 per MLB 2014 mid-season prospect listing.

      • Karkat 11 months ago

        Sox wanted Lackey off the team? What?

        E-Rod isn’t listed as the Orioles’ #3 anymore because he got moved to the Sox’s #10. He got traded, remember?

        • Brian 11 months ago

          Lackey is a quitter. Especially on a team that’s not contending. They wanted him off the team.
          Fine, he’s not on the O’s list anymore because he was traded. I’ll concede that point. If you’ll concede the FACT that E-Rod wasn’t in the O’s top 10 at the time of the trade (at least per the MLB 2014 mid-season prospect ranking by teams).
          (I feel like I’m arguing with my 5 year old daughter…)

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            He was though. I went to the MLB prospects page to see where he was, and he was #3. I didn’t know anything about him prior to this trade, so it’s not like I’m recalling old information.

            Also, you’re name-calling and *I’M* the one who’s like a 5-year old?

          • Brian 11 months ago

            You’re missing my point. He was #3 in the off-season. Before the trade MLB did a ‘refresh’ of the prospect ranking and E-Rod wasn’t in the O’s top 10. So, yes, you were recalling old information (just like the MLBTR article did).
            And my 5 year old comment was because she misses the point and brings up ‘he’s not #3 on the O’s list because he was traded’ type comments too.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I’m not going to have this argument xD When the article dropped, I was like “Who’s this guy?” I went to the page. He was listed as #3 on the Orioles prospect list. Now he’s #10 on Boston’s list.

            Also, given that he’s #10 for Boston, there’s no way he wasn’t in the top 10 for Baltimore. Boston has a much better system.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I’m not going to have this argument xD When the article dropped, I was like “Who’s this guy?” I went to the page. He was listed as #3 on the Orioles prospect list. Now he’s #10 on Boston’s list.

            Also, given that he’s #10 for Boston, there’s no way he wasn’t in the top 10 for Baltimore. Boston has a much better system.

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            E-Rod was number 3 on the Os in the recently updated MLB midseason top prospects.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            He was though. I went to the MLB prospects page to see where he was, and he was #3. I didn’t know anything about him prior to this trade, so it’s not like I’m recalling old information.

            Also, you’re name-calling and *I’M* the one who’s like a 5-year old?

    • Rabbitov 11 months ago

      Are you serious? I thought the Red Sox made out like bandits.

  13. Steve_in_MA 11 months ago

    The Carabobo contingency continues.

  14. Mochi 11 months ago

    Eduardo Rodriguez was ranked #43 in MLB by Keith Law back in January.

    • Kevin 11 months ago

      Yeah and he has had an awful season repeating AA Bowie. He is 3-7 with a 4.79 era with blah peripherals.

      • Damon Bowman 11 months ago

        And he’s 21. How many 21-year olds tear it up as a starting pitcher at double-A?

  15. ChrisSEA84 11 months ago

    A top pitching prospect in return for 2 months of a reliever…. Wow…

    • Fangaffes 11 months ago

      Yeah, take a look at those “top prospect” stats. Could be a hard decade for the Os, if that’s the best they’ve got for pitching prospects.

      • Charles 11 months ago

        I think Gausman will be fine. I just hope Dylan Bundy can recover fully from the Tommy John surgery he had last year and become the stud everyone envisioned. Still a while to go to see how Harvey pans out, even though he’s done for the year.

        • Fangaffes 11 months ago

          Who? I’m talking about Rodriguez. This is the Andrew Miller thread.

          • Charles 11 months ago

            You were talking about the other prospects the O’s had and I was just listing them.

  16. Remember92 11 months ago

    Wonder if the Orioles try to move him back into the rotation?

  17. daro11 11 months ago

    They got him for free -_-

    • Ted 11 months ago

      ? It’s a consensus top-75 prospect going back. Not an elite guy, sure, but a legit prospect.

      • Karkat 11 months ago

        Consensus top-75? He’s not even on MLB’s top 100 list

        • OhthePossibilities 11 months ago

          He was previously. Having a rough year.

        • Ben_Cherington 11 months ago

          I drew his name out of a hat. win some you lose some

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            That would explain a lot of today’s moves, really 😛

        • Bleed_Orange 11 months ago

          He’s been banged up this year which is why his numbers were so bad.

        • Brian 11 months ago

          Wait, I thought you liked E-Rod? Or are you just argumentative?

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I liked that he was a top organizational prospect, but then I looked at his numbers.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            I liked that he was a top organizational prospect, but then I looked at his numbers.

        • Brian 11 months ago

          Wait, I thought you liked E-Rod? Or are you just argumentative?

        • Ted 11 months ago

          Dunno what to tell ya. These are the numbers I got:
          Baseball America: #65
          MLB: #68
          Baseball Prospectus: #61

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            Those look like pre-season numbers?

          • Ted 11 months ago

            They are. I don’t really know what I’m talking about then… I thought that was all there was. I guess he’s fallen since then?

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            MLB updates their prospect list. You can go there right now like I did xD

  18. The_Porcupine 11 months ago

    eh…. I think it’s a bit of an overpay. Considering it is a 2 month rental for a reliever.

    • Bleed_Orange 11 months ago

      Huge overpay

      • Jbruns318 11 months ago

        I’ve never been impressed by Rodriguez, and he continues to disappoint this year, even if it is a two month rental we now have arguably the best 3 punch bullpen combo in baseball.

        • Benjamin Rush 11 months ago

          Agreed. Rodriguez is a soft tosser that was north of 4.00 ERA this year. Get value now to have the 7th-9th inning locked down before ERod dimishes his value even more.

          Diminished value is something that continues to happen to O’s prospects, like Britton (finally found a job), Matusz, Arrieta and Tillman to some degree. I like to see them finally get a great return for one of these “potential” players.

          • Jbruns318 11 months ago

            Couldn’t have put it any better. Everyone’s excuse for why this trade was bad on the O’s part is that he is only 21 years old, and they assume that he will get better, although they fail to look at what would happen if he gets worse. I’m just glad we moved him while his stock is still somewhat valuable.

        • danistheguy 11 months ago

          He’s extremely disappointing. His stuff is gone. 90 mph fastballs that don’t hit the corners. Seriously seriously average breaking stuff. Meh.

  19. Phishfan52 11 months ago

    Eduardo Rodriguez, Orioles were high on him a last year and having a rough season in Bowie AA this year.

    • Eric Mack 11 months ago

      and Atlanta couldn’t have matched this for one of our biggest holes? Ugh.

  20. Chris Vinnit 11 months ago

    Of all the deals the Red Sox made today, it’s a rental reliever that nets them the best prospect? Does not compute.

    • Karkat 11 months ago

      That nets them any kind of prospect.

      • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

        Yeah lets throw out all years but 2014 and say Allen Craig is awful right… Makes sense. Guess Lester was a terrible player because he had a poor 2012 should have never given him a chance to rebound in 2013. Or you know Ortiz was done in 2010. Or Xander Bogaerts is an awful player because because after 450 PA in MLB he has a 89 WRC+.

        I agree with you though the best way to analyze players is on less then 400 plate appearances…

        • Karkat 11 months ago

          Yeah, Allen Craig used to be really good, and then this season he’s been awful. Maybe he’ll bounce back, and it’d be great, although who knows where his playing time will come from since his positions are all blocked by surer things.

          But as it stands, Allen Craig is terrible right now. They bought low on him. They really couldn’t do any better from team-friendly-contract Lackey than a buy-low bat and a #3-4 starter?

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            A team friendly contract that many sources have said Lackey won’t play for in 2015??? And that if they traded Lester he would be even less likely to play in 2015 without an extension or with one.

            And for Lackey they got a guy making 24 million for his age 30-32 seasons who from 2011-2013 had a 140 WRC+ and can player corner OF/1B/DH or rotate around. Also, potentially allows them to trade Vic or Nap for pitching prospects.

            Not to many they got 4 years of Joe Kelly a guy who has a career 3.25 ERA for a total cost under 20 million most likely.

            I mean Lackey had value but not as much as you think and Craig and Kelly aren’t stars but definitely have more value then you seem to thing.

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            The MLBTR article said Lackey would honor the option. Can we finally put the Lackey might retire talk to rest?

            To say Allen Craig “can play” the OF is like saying I “can cook.”

            The Sox didn’t get enough for Lester OR for Lackey. These players would be alright, probably, if they weren’t the ONLY ones.

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            The Lackey return was arguably better then what the Rays got for Price and the Lester return definitly was.

            Tell me what team would have given up more Major league proven ready to help the team contend in 2015 talent???

          • Karkat 11 months ago

            One season of Cespedes is “definitely” better than Drew Smyly through 2018 + Nick Franklin and a well regarded shortstop prospect? Are you seriously saying you don’t think the Sox could’ve at least gotten Milone too? And maybe a middling prospect?

            That said, the return for Price was laughably low.

          • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

            Smyly has a lower FIP on the year then Joe Kelly and Nick Franklin has a career 82 WRC+ in 462 PA kind of like how Allen craig (part of the terrible return for Lackey according to you) has a 81 WRC+ this year in 400 PA except for the fact Craig has a career 123 WRC+ in 1800 PA.

            Also, a Nick Franklin type player will most likely be available with the comp pick the Red Sox got.

            Just going by your standards Cespedes who is a good player this year is the better return then Smyly and Frankling. Also, by standards in contending in 2015 Cespedes a 30 HR threat and top 30 OF in the game paying for ten million is better then Smyly and Franklin though I agree their additional years of control is nice.

            Overall, I think the Lester, Lackey, and Price trade just shows that SP weren’t going to get as much in return as you, me, or most fans/analysts thought they were.

    • Bob Bunker 11 months ago

      Maybe because the other trades weren’t for prospects but for proven MLB players…

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      Cespedece>Rodriquez…. people are too high on prospect, most never play as projected

    • Phishfan52 11 months ago

      Not even that great of a prospect, AA numbers are terrible.

      • snowbladerp14 11 months ago

        he was a top 70 prospect coming into the year but yes he has struggled

    • John Cate 11 months ago

      The Red Sox weren’t trying to get prospects. It was pretty obvious that their goal is to build a winning team in 2015.

      If you look at their system, it makes sense anyway. They already have a ton of A and B-level prospects at AA and AAA, more than they can protect on the 40-man roster. Getting more really does them no good. Getting established major-league talent with an upside in return for veteran major-league talent makes more sense than prospects.

    • John Cate 11 months ago

      The Red Sox weren’t trying to get prospects. It was pretty obvious that their goal is to build a winning team in 2015.

      If you look at their system, it makes sense anyway. They already have a ton of A and B-level prospects at AA and AAA, more than they can protect on the 40-man roster. Getting more really does them no good. Getting established major-league talent with an upside in return for veteran major-league talent makes more sense than prospects.

    • Brian 11 months ago

      Because he’s not as good as the article makes him out to be…

  21. SierraM363 11 months ago

    Didn’t really expect Andrew Miller to have such an nice career in Boston. Win-Win for Both Miller and Cherington here.

  22. yawn 11 months ago

    Orioles pitching prospect are terrible…….

    • Charles 11 months ago

      Gausman looks like he will fare pretty well from what I’ve seen. Bundy just needs to get back in the swing of things this year after TJ surgery. Harvey is one I don’t know a lot about yet and probably won’t until next year since he is hurt and is done for the season.

  23. William Turbeville 11 months ago

    O’s back end of bullpen now about the best in the game. Miller has been dominant all year, and who’s to say we don’t sign him next year? Miller-O’Day- Britton. Lights out!

    • Baloo 11 months ago

      I hope we resign him too. The bullpen needed one more good lefty arm with Matusz stinking it up. Now it’s McFarland, Matusz, Hunter, Webb, Miller, O’Day, Britton. I really like the pen depth.

    • Charles 11 months ago

      I do like the Miller addition but after seeing how the Rays didn’t get back nearly enough for Price (in my opinion), I would’ve liked to have seen what the O’s could’ve offered to Tampa to get him.

  24. philpbarnes 11 months ago

    Thats a nice return for 2 months of a relief pitcher. Miller will be a big piece for the Os too

  25. Zach R 11 months ago

    This is not a two month rental people. Miller is a free agent after 2015. He is arbitration-eligible at the end of this year.

    • frogbogg 11 months ago

      Sure… .the Andrew Miller for the Marlins. Not the one traded by the Sox.

    • frogbogg 11 months ago

      Sure… .the Andrew Miller for the Marlins. Not the one traded by the Sox.

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      You are wrong. He is a free agent. Not arb eliglible.

      • Lefty_Orioles_Fan 11 months ago

        First love the name and avatar.
        Anyway, at Baseball Reference Andrew Miller.

        2014 Status3rd-Year Arb Eligible, Earliest Free Agent: 2015

        • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

          this coming year is free agent year 2015. Baseball ref is messed up with how they list things.

  26. CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

    Strange that the O’s were willing to give up their 4th best prospect (including Gausman) for Miller, but wouldn’t give up one of their top 3 or Lester… especially considering their glaring need at the front of their rotation and the fact that 2 of their 3 best prospects have elbow issues.

    • danistheguy 11 months ago

      For those of us O’s fans that have followed Rodriguez this year… the kid’s stuff has evaporated into thin air. We saw it in Spring Training and it’s continued into his season at Bowie.

    • Matt_P102 11 months ago

      Not at all. Harvey and Bundy are both top 40 prospects. E-Rod is a top 125 guy at best.

      • snowbladerp14 11 months ago

        going into the season he was top 70 but he has had a rough year with injurys which probably lead to his poor performance

        • Matt_P102 11 months ago

          He was top 70 according to some at the start of the season. Keith Law really liked him (#43 I think). But his stuff isn’t doing well in AA. It’s not just his injury that are turning people off.

      • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

        Yeah obviously those guys are way above E-Rod but Lester is also a lot more valuable than Miller. Solid pickup for the O’s either way.

    • Brian 11 months ago

      There’s a huge gap between Bundy/Gausman/Harvey and E-Rod (or anyone else in the O’s minor league system). I think #4 is being generous…

  27. CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

    Strange that the O’s were willing to give up their 4th best prospect (including Gausman) for Miller, but wouldn’t give up one of their top 3 or Lester… especially considering their glaring need at the front of their rotation and the fact that 2 of their 3 best prospects have elbow issues.

  28. Fangaffes 11 months ago

    Good job, Ben. There’s still time left. Can you get rid of Drew?

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      They’ll be able to move him in August.

      • John Cate 11 months ago

        Yeah, he’ll get through waivers. We don’t have to trade him today. Although I’ll be glad when he’s gone.

    • Frederick Darwin Quixote 11 months ago

      The Fisherman’s Feast is coming up. Maybe they’d take Carp.

    • Brian 11 months ago

      :) Ben’s good! Can he get rid of Kelly Johnson too?

  29. Mike1L 11 months ago

    Big day for the Red Sox. Monetizing assets quite well

  30. Fred Gilmore 11 months ago

    I called for this move over Jon Lester a couple of days ago. Andrew Miller will help more in the long run than Lester would have for a few months.

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      They are both only under contract for this year. There is no long run.

      • Fred Gilmore 11 months ago

        The O’s will be able to re-sign Andrew Miller while they wouldn’t touch having to pony up the money to re-sign Lester. This move frees up the ability to pass on Zach Britton in the offseason.

        I love this deal because the O’s got to keep all 3 of their top young pitchers, setting them up for years to come. Not selling the future for the now definitely helps in the long run.

  31. Frederick Darwin Quixote 11 months ago

    Third best trade Duquette has made for the Red Sox.

    • John Cate 11 months ago

      The guy put together most of our 2004 championship team, and as soon as he got to the O’s, they started winning for the first time in forever. He’s not a bad GM.

  32. Frederick Darwin Quixote 11 months ago

    Third best trade Duquette has made for the Red Sox.

  33. Aron 11 months ago

    Worst news for a Jays fan today was this trade

    • Baseball Legend 11 months ago

      Wait, that’s right, I forgot about the Jays. They were in on everyone, yet landed no one..Why they do that?

  34. Derek 11 months ago

    As an O’s fan, I’m pumped. E-Rod really didn’t look great this year, and Miller has always torn us apart. Excited to add him.

  35. Baloo 11 months ago

    I can dig this trade. We didn’t give up Bundy or Harvey and got some major league talent in a year we’re we are poised to win it all. With a mediocre rotation that’s just good enough to get by and a great bullpen and excellent lineup, I think we can make some 08 Phils magic work. Let’s go O’s!

  36. Frederick Darwin Quixote 11 months ago

    Now how do we get rid of Carp and Drew? Give them out in grab bags? As party favors? Kids Meal Toys?

  37. Brooks Miller 11 months ago

    Andrew Miller is not a rental! He is arbitration eligible after this year. FA in 2015

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      Why do people keep making this mistake? He is not arb eligible.

    • GOOREOS 11 months ago

      2014 is this year… 2015 is next year… he’s a free agent next year

    • Chris Vinnit 11 months ago

      When you click on Baseball Reference, they always list the year of free agency one year ahead of his last season under contract. So anybody listed as a “2015 free agent” becomes a free agent after this – the 2014 season – ends. I know its confusing and I don’t know why they do that but thats what they do.

  38. James F 11 months ago

    Oh my goodness gravy! Man, I didn’t want to see Miller traded but for this? I’m not even mad.

  39. Jeff Scott 11 months ago

    Red Sox have traded 20% of their 25 man roster within the last 24 hours–so far. Love it!

  40. mauryfeldman 11 months ago

    Huge day for the Boston Red Sox organization; they have picked up a lot of young talent.

  41. Arthur Muldowney 11 months ago

    A third rate prospect from a sixth rate country! Great deal Benbo. I hope that this is a flip!

  42. 123Star 11 months ago

    Goes to show, some players get 2 comfortable with there high pay.

  43. A=MT2 11 months ago

    If the O’s can extend him to a 3/15mil, this will be a great get by the O’s. He has ace potential before (one of the main piece in the Miguel Cabrera trade) and now seemed to have figured things out. Don’t be surprised if he starts and do well next year!

  44. Longdistance O'S fan 11 months ago

    He has given up 25 hits in 42 innings pitched. Did I read that right ? Talking about Miller….GO O;S

  45. Longdistance O'S fan 11 months ago

    And that 0.898 whip that Miller has cannot be right…..GO O’S

  46. Ben 11 months ago

    Duquette and company have returned a great winning tradition to Baltimore. Just great to see.

  47. Ben_Cherington 11 months ago

    I wanted prospects

  48. Jeff Scott 11 months ago

    Disagree.

  49. John Cate 11 months ago

    They can’t do what you’re suggesting. They have a ton of prospects in the high minors who can play major league baseball at some level, and they have to protect them on the 40-man roster. If they acquire more, then they will just lose them in Rule 5, or have to trade them for less than fair value. It makes much, much more sense for the Red Sox to think outside the box and exchange veteran talent with no long-term value for established players who do have long-term value.

  50. Bob Bunker 11 months ago

    Boston is a city that the championship buys you goodwill for this year Fine but no way the fans show up especially the pink hats for 2015 if they traded Lester/Lackey for prospects that may or not be ready and would make them take years to rebuild.

    Trading for prospects would be a horrible business idea because their revenue would plummet.

  51. Baseball Legend 11 months ago

    No. What made sense was extending Jon Lester. And trading both Lackey and perhaps one of their upper end pitching prospects (like Owens or Barnes) for a guy like Taveras or whoever of equal caliber. They therefore would have eliminated the roster crunch you speak of and gotten eminently better in the process both now and in the long term. What they did today is a complete train wreck no matter how much Nutella you put on it..Sorry.

    I’m not going to preach too much, but this is what I do for a living. Make deals (non sports related) and today was atrocious on the part of the Red Sox.

  52. Jeff Scott 11 months ago

    Why would you extend Lester when you can get power for him and then potentially re-sign him anyway? I don’t understand that logic.

  53. John Cate 11 months ago

    They might very well get Lester back in November, and if they don’t, they will replace him with Scherzer or Shields or some other quality pitcher. They still have the money to do that, and they’ll also have the power-hitting corner outfielder they need.

    And you don’t know that the type of trade you’re suggesting was even possible. People like Taveras don’t get traded very often; he’s a potential superstar, and the Cardinals didn’t get where they are by trading people like that.

  54. paqza 11 months ago

    Craig and Céspedes are a lot more proven than Taveras in that they have actually succeeded in the Majors. Taveras has Minor League numbers comparable to guys like Jesús Montero and has struggled mightily in the Majors.

  55. Baseball Legend 11 months ago

    Come on, please. Let’s be serious. Get power? for 1 whole magical year. And “potentially” resign Lester. I think we’ve take that logic as far we can. There is more than a 70% chance he in fact doesn’t resign once the bidding opens in the winter. The Sox passed as “team discount” in the spring when Bailey signed (they could have extended him for around the same) to turn around and sign him for a year longer and about $30mm more in Novemeber.

  56. Karkat 11 months ago

    Scherzer is going to cost like a zillion dollars

  57. paqza 11 months ago

    Scherzer and Shields will require the team to give up its first pick. Lester would not.

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