Red Sox send lefty Andrew Miller to O’s

The wheeling-and-dealing Red Sox made their third trade of the day Thursday afternoon, sending left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, the teams announced.

Miller has emerged as a reliable left-handed reliever for Boston in recent years. After posting a 2.64 ERA and 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings during his injury-shortened 2013, Miller has rebounded with an even better campaign. He owns a 2.34 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while striking out 14.7 batters per nine innings, a rate good for fourth best among Major League relievers.

Rodriguez is Baltimore’s No. 3 prospect, according to the MLB.com rankings released Sunday. He is struggling with Double-A Bowie this season (4.79 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), but “still profiles as a middle-of-the rotation starter,” according to MLB.com’s Prospect Watch. Left-handed batters are hitting .186 with just five extra-base hits (all doubles) against Rodriguez.

This trade came hours after the Red Sox sent starters Jon Lester and John Lackey to the A’s and Cardinals, respectively.

-Tim Healey

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