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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Ben_Cherington
11 months 26 days ago

Fantastic!

The_Porcupine
11 months 26 days ago

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

rovert22044
11 months 26 days ago

Not sure if this is a fried chicken joke…?

GOOREOS
11 months 26 days ago

3.14 ERA over the last 45 days isn’t all that iffy

ugotrpk3113
11 months 26 days ago

Err… Rodriguez. Sorry, wrong name.

Guest
11 months 26 days ago

Way too much?

seren1tyn0w
11 months 26 days ago

yes

Brian
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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.

Doms
11 months 26 days ago

This will give an idea of the price of interdivision trade

Kevin
11 months 26 days ago

Its a rental Interdivision does not matter

Doms
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Nicolas_C
11 months 26 days ago

The Red Sox are doing well today!

Ace2095
11 months 26 days ago

Is it at least a good minor league pitcher? 😛

Seth
11 months 26 days ago

My sources tell me it is Dylan Bundy

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 26 days ago

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

GoAwayNow
11 months 26 days ago

Its like Christmas morning! What is in this present?

Ben_Cherington
11 months 26 days ago

a bag of coal…merry freakin christmas. Now, goaway

GoAwayNow
11 months 26 days ago

I’d say socks. Lots and lots of socks today.

Letsgolos
11 months 26 days ago

Ken Rosenthal said it’s Eduardo Rodriguez.

Theo The Gorilla
11 months 26 days ago

For whom?

coreybishop
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Ishkabibble
11 months 26 days ago

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

Yankees420
11 months 25 days 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 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

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

I don’t understand anything anymore.

ugotrpk3113
11 months 26 days 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.

Ben_Cherington
11 months 26 days ago

Im a puppet.

Charles Tetrick
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

I literally just admitted that I was reading the wrong columns

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

Alright fair enough. I apologize for my rudeness.

GrayhawkAZ
11 months 26 days ago

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

Brian
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

Probably the most insightful Sox perspective comment to here.

MaineBaseball
11 months 26 days ago

Thank you!

John Cate
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

MaineBaseball
11 months 26 days ago

Agreed!

Brian
11 months 26 days ago

I hope the Cubs sign him!

Wojo
11 months 26 days 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?

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Sox. Should. Have. Gotten. More.

MaineBaseball
11 months 26 days 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.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

They traded two top pitchers for pennies on the dollar?

Better
11 months 26 days ago

They’ll get one of them back in a few months.

Baseball Legend
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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?

Karkat
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 27 days ago

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

Rabbitov
11 months 27 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 27 days ago

Like the bandits from Home Alone, maybe

Steve_in_MA
11 months 26 days ago

The Carabobo contingency continues.

Mochi
11 months 26 days ago

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

Kevin
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

ChrisSEA84
11 months 26 days ago

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

Fangaffes
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Charles
11 months 26 days ago

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

Remember92
11 months 26 days ago

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

Bleed_Orange
11 months 26 days ago

Not on a two month rental

daro11
11 months 26 days ago

They got him for free -_-

Ted
11 months 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

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

OhthePossibilities
11 months 26 days ago

He was previously. Having a rough year.

Ben_Cherington
11 months 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

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

Bleed_Orange
11 months 26 days ago

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

Brian
11 months 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

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

Brian
11 months 26 days ago

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

Ted
11 months 26 days ago

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

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Those look like pre-season numbers?

Ted
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

The_Porcupine
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

Huge overpay

Jbruns318
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Phishfan52
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Chris Vinnit
11 months 26 days 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 26 days ago

That nets them any kind of prospect.

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 27 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 26 days ago

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

Phishfan52
11 months 26 days ago

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

snowbladerp14
11 months 26 days ago

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

John Cate
11 months 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days ago

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