Late on Sunday afternoon, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman announced that the Baltimore Orioles had struck a deal with the Seattle Mariners to send veteran left-hander Wade Miley to Baltimore. The return package heading back to Seattle is not yet known.
After a dreadful start to 2016, Miley has improved over the last month, posting a 3.45 ERA in five July starts. Over 31.1 innings of work, Miley struck out 23, walked ten, and allowed 28 hits (four home runs). For the season, Miley owns a 4.98 ERA and 4.75 FIP as well as an 82:34 K:BB ratio in 112 innings of work. For his career, the 29-year-old has posted a 4.07 ERA and 3.91 FIP in just over 940 innings with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, and Mariners.
This marks the third time in less than two years that Miley has been from one coast to another, as he was sent from Arizona to Boston for Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster in December 2014, then once again shipped to Seattle in December 2015 along with Jonathan Aro in exchange for Roenis Elias and Carson Smith.
Miley remains under club control through 2017, and will be owed slightly less than $9 million next year. Additionally, should he pitch well for the next year-and-a-half, Miley’s contract contains a club option for the 2018 season worth $12 million.
UPDATE: As of 6:50 PM ET, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that left-handed pitching prospect Ariel Miranda will be headed to Seattle, pending physicals.
Miranda, a 27-year-old Cuban signee from the 2015 international class, has posted a 3.93 ERA in 19 Triple-A starts this season spanning 100.2 innings of work. In those innings, Miranda has allowed 95 hits, 11 home runs, and 31 walks while striking out 87 batters. In one relief appearance with the Orioles this season, Miranda worked two innings, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks while fanning four batters. Coincidentally, this one appearance was against his new team, the Seattle Mariners.