The Orioles announced July 31 that they have acquired lefty reliever Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
With moves being made at a rapid pace throughout MLB as the 4 p.m. July 31 trade deadline approaches, O's executive vice president of baseball operations, Dan Duquette, accurately sized up his team's biggest weakness, and has given up highly regarded Venezuelan left-handed prospect Rodriguez, who was with Double-A Bowie this season.
A year ago, Rodriquez was held in much higher esteem, but based on a 3-7 record with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in Bowie, the O's thought he was expendable for a left-hander who has been extremely dominant since being converted to the bullpen. How dominant? Well, during 113.1 innings pitched since the start of 2012, Miller has struck out 168 batters.
Now, in close ball game, when the opposition gets a base runner on third with less than two outs, Miller gives skipper Buck Showalter the loaded gun he'll need to get his team out of the crucial innings the postseason presents.
Duquette was smart not to move too much of his future assets for a rental. Miller will not only dominate throughout the rest of the 2014 season, he could be an important member of the Orioles bullpen for a few years to come.