Wade Miley Trade Official; Red Sox Also Acquire Reliever From D-backs

by NESN Staff

December 12, 2014

Wade Miley is coming to Boston.

The Red Sox announced Friday that they officially acquired the left-handed pitcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores. The Sox also traded minor-league righty Myles Smith for pitcher Zeke Spruill in a separate transaction.

Miley, 28, hasn’t posted the flashiest numbers over four seasons with the D’backs, but he has high upside. He went 8-12 last season with a 4.34 ERA and 183 strikeouts over 201 1/3 innings. However, Arizona’s Chase Field is one of the best hitters ballparks in Major League Baseball, and his road ERA was considerably better at 3.17. It’s also worth noting that 23 of Miley’s 33 starts were decided by one or two runs, something that could change with a loaded Boston offense.

Miley’s strengths include his abilities to induce ground balls and pitch deep into games. The southpaw also had the eighth-lowest home run rate (0.69 per nine innings) in the majors last season.

As for Spruill, the 25-year-old right-hander hasn’t put in much time in the big leagues yet. Spruill’s latest call-up in September yielded a 2.70 ERA over 13 1/3 innings of relief for Arizona.

Thumbnail photo via Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports Images

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