The Seattle Mariners have traded for left-handed pitcher Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Carson Smith and Roenis Elias. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported a deal was done before Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted out the players involved.
All four players involved in this deal are pitchers, as both teams get a starter out of the deal, as well as a reliever. Elias started 22 games for the Mariners last season, but there was a time in the season where it was reported the M’s were hoping Elias would be a closer. Smith, righty, had a 2.31 ERA in 70 innings last season.
Aro, another right-handed pitcher, only threw 10 innings for the Red Sox last season. Miley, 29, is under contract for the next two years and is scheduled to make over $6 million in 2016, $8.9 million in 2017, with a $12 million club option for 2018.
Boston acquired Miley last offseason in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 32 starts with the team, Miley went 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA and a 147/46 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Mariners were clearly looking into acquiring a starting pitcher given how they recently lost Hisashi Iwakuma to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even before that, the team had publicly stated that they were looking to upgrade their rotation.
Seattle has been by far the most active team so far this offseason, so it comes as little surprise that general manager Jerry Dipoto is taking the same approach in attempting to upgrade the teams rotation.
Ken Rosenthal just reported the Mariners are not done, and are trying to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers.