The Orioles have acquired the do-it-all left-handed reliever they were seeking, picking up Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
Miller, the No. 6 overall pick in 2006 by the Detroit Tigers, has excelled in a bullpen role for the Red Sox. The 6-foot-7 left-hander is 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 42 1/3 innings over 50 games. He has allowed just 25 hits, 13 walks and struck out 69 batters this year.
For now, he will be the fourth left-hander in the Orioles bullpen joining closer Zach Britton, Brian Matusz and long man T.J. McFarland.
Miller, 29, was coveted because he is effective against both right-handers and left-handers. This year, lefties are hitting .150 against him in 65 plate appearances and righties are hitting .180 in 105 plate appearances.
The move likely will allow the Orioles to have Matusz, who has struggled against right-handers, to concentrate as a lefty specialist.
The Orioles will have to make room for Miller in the bullpen. A few relievers such as McFarland and Brad Brach have minor league options remaining. Rosters expand in one month.
Rodriguez, 21, was listed by Baseball America as the organization's third-best prospect to start the year. He was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA at Double-A Bowie this year and was sidelined for about a month with a knee injury.
Miller is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.
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