One of the last Red Sox players whose name was getting bounced around in trade talks was dealt just before the MLB trade deadline, as the Sox sent pitcher Andrew Miller to the division-rival Baltimore Orioles, per ESPN.
In return, the Red Sox got minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, a 21-year-old from Venezuela currently playing Double-A baseball. Rodriguez is currently rated as Baltimore’s number 3 prospect.
The Orioles are clearly loading up on firepower for what they hope will be a deep playoff run. Currently, Baltimore is sitting pretty at 60-46, which is good for first in the always-cutthroat AL East, and Miller’s 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts give the Orioles even more bullpen firepower.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, are grinding out a season that’s even bad compared to the Bobby Valentine misfire of 2012. They’re firmly entrenched in the cellar of the AL East at 48-60, and aren’t that far off from having one of the worst records in the MLB. It’s been a long, hard fall for the reigning World Series champions.
Andrew Miller’s name tended to get overlooked during the postseason dominance of Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa last fall, but he played a valuable role as a solid, if unspectacular reliever that could usually be counted on to handle mid-game assignments without giving up big hits. Miller also has seen ERA steadily claw its way down from a ghastly 8.54 in 2010 (with the Marlins) to a respectable 2.34 this season with the Red Sox.