December 7, 2015

Red Sox Trade Miley/Aro to Mariners for Carson Smith/Roenis Elias

The Red Sox have traded Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Mariners for right-handed reliever Carson Smith and lefty starter Roenis Elias.

David Schoenfield, ESPN:
After earlier acquiring Craig Kimbrel from the Padres, they've now added Smith, a right-hander who dominated in his first season in the majors, with a 2.31 ERA, 92 strikeouts in 70 innings and just two home runs. With a low arm slot and his fastball/slider combo, Smith gets a lot of movement and sink on his pitches and crushed right-handers, who hit just .169/.248/.254 against him; lefties weren't much better with a .227/.315/.273 line. He's not a big name, but he's very good.

Elias has started the past two seasons for the Mariners, but command issues mean he'll probably never develop into anything more than back-of-the-rotation starter. But his fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire means he could profile well in the bullpen, especially if his 91-92 mph fastball plays up in relief.


hrstrat57 said...

DD is getting stuff done.

The bullpen is shaping up as a weapon.

One more quality upgrade in the rotation and this sawx club is ready to rock!

Napoli back to Boston rumours were hot on Boston sports chat at supper time today.

Maxwell Horse said...

Hm, I'm not sure about this one. Even though he wasn't spectacular, Miley was still the most consistent starter we had last year. Obviously Price improves our rotation, but everyone after him is a crapshoot.

Jere said...

A Jerez and a Smith acquired in the same off-season!