2016 MLB Trade Deadline: Orioles acquire Wade Miley from the Mariners
The Seattle left-hander is headed to the current AL East leaders
The Orioles have traded for Mariners left-hander Wade Miley, Jon Heyman reports. A source tells Ken Rosenthal that lefty Ariel Miranda will be going back to Seattle in the trade. Each team has announced the deal.
Miley, 29, has pitched to a 4.98 ERA (81 ERA+) with a K/BB ratio of 2.41. For his career, he's registered an ERA+ of 98 across parts of six big-league seasons. Over the remainder of the 2016, the ZiPS projection system available at FanGraphs tabs Miley for a 4.60 ERA across 11 starts. Those numbers, however, reflect his pitching his home games in run-suppressing Safeco Field as opposed to homer-friendly Camden Yards.
Miley is owed the balance of a $6.167 million salary for 2016, and his contract calls for him to be paid $8.197 million in 2017 with a $12 million option/$500,000 buyout for 2018.
Baltimore was indeed desperate for help in the rotation behind Chris Tillman. This season, the O's rank 14th in the AL with a starters' ERA of 5.02. They also rank 13th in the AL in starters' FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), 14th in quality start percentage, and 15th in innings per start. They also didn't have the expendable young talent needed to land a front of the rotation type, which is why they ended up with a pitcher the dubious caliber of Miley.
As for the M's side of things, Miranda, 27, has worked 2.0 relief innings for Baltimore this season. In the minors, he's put up a 4.22 ERA and 2.77 K/BB ratio in 33 starts. He also pitched for seven seasons in Cuba, where he worked primarily as a starter.