D-backs, Red Sox reportedly have Miley deal in place

With Jon Lester headed to the Cubs and the rest of the pitching market starting to take shape, word had been spreading all day Wednesday about a potential trade involving D-backs lefty Wade Miley.

It appears Arizona found a trade partner, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday night that the D-backs have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Miley to the Red Sox in exchange for right-handers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa plus another Minor League player.

A baseball source told MLB.com that there are still some things to be worked out before such a trade goes through, however, and D-backs GM Dave Stewart denied a deal was completed to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Such a trade would certainly make sense for Boston, however.

The Sox lost out on the Lester sweepstakes, but picking up Miley gives them a reliable option for their rotation, which heading into the Winter Meetings consisted of only Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly, neither a lock to throw 200 innings.

Miley, 28, is coming off a down year in which he went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA, but he still managed to throw 201 1/3 innings for the D-backs — and his fielding-independent numbers were right in line with his 2013 performance, which yielded a more impressive-looking 10-10 record and 3.55 ERA in 202 2/3 innings.

Miley was a National League All-Star and Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2012, when he finished 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA in 194 2/3 innings. He is under team control for three more seasons.

De La Rosa, 25, went 4-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) for the Red Sox last year but put together a 3.25 ERA over eight seasons in the Minors.

Webster, who turns 25 in March, has compiled a 6-5 record and 6.25 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) for the Red Sox the last two years.

The Sox entered the offseason with a lot of depth in terms of young pitching, which would enable them to make this kind of deal. They still feature a lot of depth on the position-player side, which presumably will be used at some point to bolster the rest of their rotation.

-Adam Berry

3 Comments

What is Cherington doing? He should be trying to accumulate as many major league-ready starters as possibly, not trading pitching prospects for other pitchers, unless its a clear upgrade. On an unrelated note, this trade makes it official that the blockbuster deal between the Sox and Dodgers was a pure salary dump since Webster and De La Rosa were the only prospects of note the Sox got from the Dodgers.

I forget his name at the moment, but there was also a hitter who’d done fairly well in triple A. The Sox sent him to Pittsburgh in the trade for Hanrahan. They were a bit impatient with Melancon, it appears.

Miley won’t make us forget Jon, but we do need at least one southpaw in the rotation, and when I went looking through rosters for good lefty starters, there aren’t all that many we’d be likely to be able to get. Hamels may still not want to go to Boston, and even if he did, it might cost way too much in players.

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