Orioles Trade Eduardo Rodriguez For Andrew Miller

News, Sports and Bets — July 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm by

Here it is from Roch Kubatko himself:

The Orioles have acquired Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for Double-A Bowie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, according to an industry source. With this move, the Orioles currently have four left-handers in their bullpen. ESPN.com first reported that the Orioles acquired Miller. A source has confirmed that Rodriguez is involved in the trade. At Double-A Bowie this season, Rodriguez was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA, 69 strikeouts, 29 walks. He is 22-26 with a 3.45 ERA in his career in the minors. With the Red Sox this season, Miller was 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of this move. Miller is in the midst of a great season, posting a 2.34 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while striking out 69 batters over 42 1/3 innings. He’s also been able to get both lefties and righties out. This season lefties are hitting .150/.203/.217 off Miller, while righties aren’t doing much better with a .180/.279/.258 slash line. And with Brian Matusz’s struggles this season, adding another lefty to the bullpen makes sense for the O’s. Durability has been a concern for Miller over his career, though. In 2012 and 2013, he was only able to pitch 40 1/3 and 30 2/3 innings, respectively. But my worries about him staying healthy pale in comparison to my concerns about trading a player of Rodriguez’s caliber for a relief pitcher who becomes a free agent after the 2014 season.

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While Rodriguez has pitched poorly this year, he still has an impressive minor league track record, and he’s only 21 years old. Before this season started, Baseball America ranked him as the 65th best prospect in baseball, and the 3rd best prospect in the Orioles’ system behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. If the O’s were going to trade away Rodriguez, I would have much rather it been for an upgrade at 2nd base or catcher, or as part of a package for a premier starting pitcher. Those three areas represent much bigger needs to me than the bullpen, which currently ranks 10th in the MLB and 5th in the AL.

So at the end of the day, this trade definitely makes the O’s a slightly stronger team in 2014. I just fear that this trade has real potential to come back to haunt the Birds a few years down the road. I hope you know what you’re doing, Danny Boy.

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