Earlier this evening, the Orioles dealt left hander Ariel Miranda to the Seattle Mariners in return for their left handed starter, Wade Miley.
In 19 starts so far this year, Miley has pitched to a 7-8 record, with a 4.98 ERA. More importantly, Miley has thrown 112 innings, and averages 6 innings per start. Miley also has a complete game shut-out under his belt this season, which is more than ALL of the Orioles starters combined this season.
Since June 2, even though his record doesn’t reflect it, Miley has pitched well, allowing 3 runs or less 6 times. Since that start in San Diego, Miley has lowered his ERA from 5.85, to 4.89.
Miley is in his sixth season in the big leagues, spending four seasons with the Diamondbacks, one season with the Red Sox, and half a season with the Mariners.
Back in 2012, with the Diamondback, Miley was selected to his first, and only All-Star team, and he finished that season with a 16-11 record, and a 3.33 ERA.
Throughout his career, Miley has started 22 games against teams in the AL East, compiling a 6-9 record with a 4.75 ERA.
Miley’s career record on the road is what intrigues me the most about him. In 83 career starts away from his home ballpark, Miley has compiled a 27-28 record, and posts a 3.79 ERA. The record is average, however, the ERA mark is respectable considering how hard it is to pitch on the road.
Miley will be owed the remainder of his $6M salary this season, and will be making $8.75 next season. For 2018, he does have a $12M club option, or a $500K buyout from his contract.
The Orioles haven’t had a left handed pitcher start a game for them since Wei-Yin Chen on October 3, so adding Miley is a welcomed change to the rotation.
This type of trade is one of those “low risk-high reward” deals. The Orioles gave away next to nothing (that is not a knock on Miranda) to acquire Miley, and have had ALOT of success in making trades with the Seattle Mariners. I like this move in part due to Miley having an ERA lower than half of the starters we’ve sent to the mound this year, and his ability to pitch decent on the road.
The Orioles have been in need of a left handed starter, and improved play on the road. This deal doesn’t speak for how well the offense will play, but they may have just improved their starting rotation, ever so slightly.