It’s not quite the same as signing Jon Lester, but it will have to do for now.
The Boston Red Sox have agreed on the framework of a deal to send pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster along with a yet-to-be-determined prospect to the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty starter Wade Miley.
Miley, 28, is a ground ball machine – he has a career 48.6% ground ball rate – a trait that figures to serve him well moving to the American League East.
In four big league seasons, Miley has a 3.79 ERA, 1.323 WHIP, 499/196 K/BB in 638.2 career innings. The last three seasons he’s pitched 201.1, 202.2, and 194.2 innings. The Red Sox were looking to add a durable innings-eater and they appear to have found one in Miley.
Miley is entering arbitration for the first time this offseason and he’s projected to earn $4.3 million. He is under team control through 2017.
Miley figures to be one of many moves the Red Sox make between now and spring training to bolster their rotation.
De La Rosa and Webster have now been packaged together twice. The pair originally came to Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford/Josh Beckett/Nick Punto trade in 2012.
Both have shown the ability to shutdown hitters in the minors and occasional glimpses of that talent at the big league level, but neither was able to put it together enough to earn a long-term job with the Red Sox. Hopefully, they’ll both have better luck in the desert.
Once Boston and Arizona agree on the third player going to the Diamondbacks in the deal, we’ll update this post.