FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send left-handed starter Wade Miley to Boston for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster.
The Red Sox will also get another minor leaguer.
Miley had a better groundball rate in 2014 (51.1%) than guys like Jeff Samardzija, Garrett Richards, Hisashi Iwakuma, Doug Fister, Zack Greinke, and AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. And Miley is just now reaching salary arbitration, meaning he carries three more years of contractual control.
De La Rosa, 25, has been good in stretches and Webster, 24, had very good numbers in the minor leagues. But Miley is an established starter with the upside to become even better.
The Red Sox struck fast after losing out on Jon Lester.
Now look for them to keep dealing.
The Dodgers just traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Marlins in a multi-player swap and are now ready to spend some money to fill the vacancy.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the the new-look Los Angeles front office has been “talking to free agent starting pitchers, including Jake Peavy” about joining an LA rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. And prospect Andrew Heaney, acquired from Miami for Haren and Dee Gordon, could be ready to contribute in a big way by the early part of the summer.
Peavy found new life this past season after the July 26 trade that sent him from Boston to San Francisco, posting a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 58/17 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 innings for the Giants.
The 33-year-old right-hander obviously likes pitching in the National League West.
On the heels of the news that the Dodgers may make a push for Jon Lester, Chris Cotillo reports that L.A. could shop Zack Greinke:
According to major-league sources, a growing concern within the Dodgers’ organization that Zach Greinke could opt out of his contract next winter may lead to the team making the right-hander available in trade talks in order to free up a rotation spot for a pitcher like Lester,James Shields or Max Scherzer.
Signing one of the big free agent pitchers and dealing Greinke to fill, say, an infield spot could be a neat idea. But it’s not like they could necessarily command a ton of talent in return given that Greinke would still have his opt-out with the new team. As such, it’d be akin to dealing a near-free agent on a rental deal, not a blockbuster trade for a team-controlled ace.
My guess is this is just talk, but it’s interesting talk I suppose.
The Cubs, Red Sox, and Giants have been called the finalists for free agent left-hander Jon Lester, but talk of a mystery team has been growing. And now that club has apparently been identified.
“Multiple sources connected to teams interested in Lester” are telling Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Dodgers are preparing to make a late push. One source says the Dodgers have already made an offer to Lester, and the other expects them to swoop in as the final bids are being entered.
Lester, 30, posted a stellar 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Now imagine throwing him into a Los Angeles rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being revealed during an hour-long special airing right now (7:00 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. We will list all of the winners here, position-by-position, as they are announced by the Baseball Tonight crew …
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Andrelton Simmons, Braves
LF Christian Yelich, Marlins
CF Juan Lagares, Mets
RF Jason Heyward, Braves
P Zack Greinke, Dodgers
C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B Kyle Seager, Mariners
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
RF Nick Markakis, Orioles
P Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Gold Glove Awards are voted on by the managers and coaches in each league. A sabermetric component was added in 2013, providing a statistical research guide from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to the voters, but there are obviously still deep flaws. Leave some outrage in the comments if you’d like.