Orioles acquire bullpen depth in Andrew Miller

Orioles acquire bullpen depth in Andrew Miller
July 31, 2014, 4:45 pm
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BALTIMORE – The Orioles have acquired left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Bowie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.

Miller gives the Orioles a dependable left-hander in the bullpen. The 29-year-old Miller is 3-5 with a 2.74 ERA in 50 games for the Red Sox.

He is eligible for free agency after the season.

“We know that Miller is going to be a free agent. We know that the Red Sox like him and other teams will like him but we think he can impact our ability to make the playoffs and we are willing to take that risk,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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In eight seasons with Boston, Detroit and Miami, Miller is 28-38 with a 5.06 ERA. The 6-foot-7 Miller was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft.

“He’s just another good piece and goes with some other good pieces down there. He’ll give us some more depth down there,” manager Showalter said. “I think he’s more than just a left-handed reliever.”

Showalter said the Orioles would likely stay with 12 pitchers with Miller’s arrival.

“The good thing about it is if we do have to make a move down there, they’re not going away. They’re going to Norfolk,” Showalter said.

The rosters expand to 40 on Sept. 1.

Showalter is confident Miller will help

“He’s done it in the American League and the American League East,” Showalter said. “Our guys are excited about it.”

With John Lackey, Jon Lester and David Price out of the American League East, Showalter doesn’t necessarily think the Orioles have seen the last of them.

“I’m hoping we play well enough that we see them all again,” Showalter said. “That’s what we’re doing this all for.”

The Orioles were reluctant to part with Rodriguez, who pitched in last year’s Futures Game.

“I hope he goes over there and has a great career and pitches well,” Showalter said. “He has that capability and everybody knows that.”

Rodriguez, who is 21, was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 16 starts for the Baysox.

NOTES: T.J. McFarland was reinstated from bereavement leave. Preston Guilmet was returned to Norfolk.

-Chris Davis is still sick, but he’s better and was in the clubhouse.

-Former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees.