Grading the Andrew Miller Trade

Andrew MillerThe Boston Red Sox completed the first of two deals within the AL East, a couple of hours before the trade deadline was complete, with a trade that sent lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Miller has been used in key situations all season for the Red Sox in 2014, including becoming the setup reliever in most games. He was 3-5 with a stellar 2.34 ERA this season. He had 69 strikeouts in just 42.1 innings of work. The lefty reliever was a high commodity this trade deadline and the Red Sox got a really solid offer from the Orioles.

The Orioles gave up their No. 3 prospect in the lefty Rodriguez. In Double-A ball this season, the 21-year-old was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA through 16 starts.

This deal was another great trade deadline acquisition for the Red Sox, as they took away one of the better pitching prospects in a division foes farm system.

Rodriguez might not be a top of the line prospect or starter, but he is another young arm the Red Sox could use in a  deal or as an arm out of the bullpen.

Miller will be missed, but it is only a two-month rental before he hits free agency. The 29-year-old will be looking to sign a long-term deal in the off season and the Red Sox will be just one of many teams in on the fire-baller after the season is over.

If Rodriguez can be used in a big trade during the off season, then this trade could be graded higher. However, with the 21-year-old’s struggles in the minors this season, the Orioles get the better end of this deal.

Grade: B-

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