With the Monday 4:00 pm trade deadline looming, the Orioles made an attempt to improve their struggling starting pitching rotation.
On Sunday evening the Orioles acquired Seattle Mariners pitcher Wade Miley via trade. Miley, 29, is a southpaw who is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA this season in 19 starts. He is a 2012 All-Star who also has history in the American League East. In 2015 as a member of the Boston Red Sox Miley started 32 games.
This deal will be completed following medical review.
In exchange for Miley, the Orioles sent lefty Ariel Miranda to the Mariners. Miranda made 19 starts in Triple A Norfolk this season, posting a 3.93 ERA. He made one relief appearance for Baltimore this season, and was immediately sent back down after his outing.
After the 2014 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team Miley had made his Major League debut for, dealt him to the Red Sox. In February 2015 Boston signed Miley to a three-year, $19.25 million contract extension, and Miley was traded to Seattle after the 2015 season. He is owed $8 million in 2017 and $12 million in 2018.
Many are quick to criticize the move, but Miley gives the Orioles a lefty in their rotation. While Miley’s ERA is just under 5, only one regular Orioles starter has an ERA below 4, and that’s Chris Tillman (3.46). Dylan Bundy also has a 3.46 ERA, but he recently joined the rotation. Yes, typically trading for a starting pitcher with a 4.98 ERA is not seen as a significant improvement, but realistically how much worse can Miley be than Yovani Gallardo or Tyler Wilson?
Miley is as good of a starting pitcher Baltimore could have gotten because of their lack of trade options in-house.
Another positive of this trade is that it allows the Orioles to move Vance Worley back to the bullpen. Worley is a nice spot-start pitcher, but has performed much better out of the bullpen this season. Worley also has a better career ERA as a reliever (2.01) than as a starter (4.50).
As mentioned, Miley has some medical work to do before joining the Orioles. Based on the Orioles’ medical history with pitchers, nothing is official until Miley is seen in an Orioles uniform.