After the Red Sox trade for Porcello, they add more needed depth to the rotation as they pick up Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks. This deal sent Wade Miley to Boston in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and minor leaguer Raymel Flores, who all heading to Arizona. Miley is going to make $4.3 million this year, which was his first time in arbitration, and he is under contract through 2017.
This left-hander will fit nicely into the Red Sox starting rotation, as Boston desperately needed a left-hander. Instead of having to shell out well over $100 million to Lester, the Sox are getting a good young pitcher who is making just $4.3 million this year. Putting a lefty behind Buchholz and Porcello will make out to be a nice 1-2-3 punch. It may be without Lester, but it is a nice plan B. Miley is coming into 2015 at 27 years old with just 3 full seasons under his belt. His first full season was outstanding, as he went 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA with an all-star appearance, but the last two seasons have not been as good. In 2013 and 2014 he had a record of 18-22 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.359 WHIP, and a career high 9.3 H/9. Yes he had a downfall in 2014, but it wasn’t entirely his fault as his team was pitiful. They only gave him 3.5 runs/game, while the defense was nothing better than average behind Miley. Wade finished the season with a 3.98 FIP, compared to his 4.34 ERA. He may be coming into a hitter’s ballpark, but he brings a lot of potential and will not be depended on to lead the staff as he is now a number 3 guy as opposed to a #1 or 2. The big negative though that is risky for the Sox is that he allowed the most homeruns at home and against right handers then he did against lefties on the road.
Considering the D-backs are in a major remodel mode (not complete rebuild), this was a better move for them then for the Sox. What they get are some young pitchers who have not yet started to prove themselves, but they have plenty of time as they have barely gotten a taste of the major leagues. Rubby De La Rosa has only pitched in 174.1 innings, Allen Webster has thrown 89.1 innings, and Raymel Flores has not gotten to the big leagues yet as he is only 20-years-old. What the D-backs have in these three guys is young shapeable talent, which will be easier to sculpt over in the National League with a good coaching staff who has a new boss in Tony La Russa. It is hard to see Miley go, but in return the D-backs received 2 prospects ranked in the top 90 the last few years. They also got a 20-year-old who just arrived from San Pedro a couple years back, who brought a superb glove with him posting a 4.56 range factor so far in single A. All three of these kids could be the future of the D-backs as it seems that La Russa is now following a strategy similar to Billy Beane’s. Wade Miley was grown by the D-backs and now that he will be making $4.3 million this year, they trade him to get top prospects since the current plan to win is not working.
Overall this trade is a B- for both teams, as Boston gains a lefty for prospects that they did not need, but Arizona would gladly take, hoping to put them in the D-backs future plans