It may have come down to the final hour, but the Baltimore Orioles ended their silence during today's MLB non-waiver trade deadline as they acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitching prospect, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.
It had begun to look like a day where the Orioles and Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette were going to remain quiet, but that is why you play, well work on trades, till the final whistle is blown. Baltimore is getting one of the best all around left handed relievers in the game.
Miller has posted a 2.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 113 innings over 140 games since becoming a full time reliever in 2012. During that time he has also struck out 13.3 batters per nine innings and has struck out more than three times as many as he has walked.
This season, Miller has continued his prowess as he has posted a 2.34 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and his 14.7 strikeouts per nine inning ration is fourth in all of baseball among relievers.
His best attribute, as if that wasn't enough already, is the fact that he is equally effective against both right and left handed hitters. Righties have hit just .180 against him this season, while lefties at just a .150 clip. He has also only allowed two home runs all season in 42 1/3 innings pitched.
Rodriguez, who coming into the season seemed like the best left handed pitcher in the Orioles minor leagues, has struggled quite a bit with the AA Bowie Baysox as he has posted a 4.79 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
It may not be the top of the rotation starter that fans were hoping for, but the acquisition of Miller gives the Orioles one heck of a back-end to their bullpen with Miller, Darren O'Day and Zach Britton.
For those who have been wondering, both Brad Brach and T.J. McFarland have options, so one of them could be optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Miller, but once rosters expand on September 1, whomever is sent down will likely hit the bus trail back to Baltimore.
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