Orioles win Andrew Miller Sweepstakes
Boston Red Sox’s reliever Andrew Miller was a hot commodity when it came to relief pitchers during the Trade Deadline, but when the smoke cleared at 4 pm, the Baltimore Orioles are the winners of the Andrew Miller Sweepstakes, acquiring him in exchange for left hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the Orioles’ third ranked prospect.
The 6th overall pick by the Detroit Tigers, Miller was a standout pitcher at the University of North Carolina before being traded to the Florida (now Miami) Marlins along with five other prospects in exchange for Miguel Cabrera and “The D Train” Dontrel Willis. After a slow few seasons in the rotation, Miller was traded to the Boston Red Sox and was moved to the bullpen, where he became one of the top left handed relievers in the game. Miller sports a 3-5 record with a 2.34 era and 67 strikeouts in just 42 1/3 innings.
A native of Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, Rodriguez was the Orioles 3rd ranked prospect in their system, and was a 2013 representative in the Future’s All Star Game. The 21-year old, however is just 3-7 with a 4.79 era with AA Bowie. Rodriguez will more than likely be assigned to the Red Sox AA affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.
Miller now solidifies the Orioles’ bullpen, joining Zach Britton, TJ McFarland, and Brian Matusz as left handers, but for how long? The 29-year old Gainesville, Florida native is a Free Agent at the end of the season, and could very well return to the Sox, leaving the Orioles out in the cold, posing a problem that could come back to bite the O’s in the…well you get the idea.
The Orioles finish their series with the Los Angeles Angels and are 2 and 1/2 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays, who were quiet during the Deadline, and 5 and 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees, who made a couple moves today.