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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.