Ken Rosenthal tweets that Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley is on his way to Boston in exchange for Allan Webster and Rubby de la Rosa (though according to a tweet from Bob Nightengale, Dave Stewart — who is suddenly all reluctant to talk — says there’s no deal in place). Both prospects have struggled to find their feet in the big leagues, but perhaps especially intrigued Arizona because they came from the Dodgers, where Diamondbacks’ Senior VP De Jon Watson had them, as Jon Morosi points out.
They were nice pieces of depth for the Red Sox, but you can understand their moving them for a guy with a better track record. I mean, as much as talent and potential and projections mean a whole lot, when it’s your job on the line, and you truly expect results — as opposed than just hoping for them — there is value in knowing that someone has done it before. That’s something I think the Jays are thinking about in their quest for relief help too — they certainly could just collect cheap arms and hope for the best, but you understand the temptation to feel that much more comfortable.
But… um… exactly how much more comfortable is Boston going to be with Miley? I guess quite a bit — enough to part with the two arms, plus a third as-yet-unnamed prospect — but should they be?
I said on Twitter when this trade broke that I’ve learned my lesson about laughing at the Red Sox, so I’ll refrain from that, but… well… I can’t say I’m particularly nervous that, instead of Jon Lester, the durable left-hander who is now a member of Boston’s rotation is the guy who has been hit to the tune of .263/.324/.422 by right-handed hitters in his career (albeit while playing in a hitter-friendly home park).
I suspect Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson aren’t particularly nervous about it either.
Which isn’t to say that Miley isn’t a nice piece — I wrote about Miley and the Jays this morning (and, for what it’s worth, didn’t see a fit if the starting point was going to be Dioner Navarro) and definitely highlighted some positive — It’s just… this could be fun.
And now Arizona has an extra arm, too — possibly making one of their relievers available (like Ziegler, who I wrote about earlier, or Addison Reed, who some readers pointed out).
So… there’s that.
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