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Red Sox drawing trade interest in Wade Miley and Joe Kelly

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Red Sox are drawing trade interest in starters Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. The club would seek bullpen help in return.

Both pitchers are coming off of subpar 2015 campaigns. Miley posted a 4.46 ERA with a 147/64 K/BB ratio in 193 2/3 innings. The Red Sox acquired him from the Diamondbacks in December last year in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and Raymel Flores. Kelly compiled a 4.82 ERA with a 110/49 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings. He joined the Red Sox along with Allen Craig in exchange for John Lackey, Corey Littrell, and cash in a trade at the deadline in July 2014.

Miley is owed $6 million in 2016 and $8.75 million in 2017 before being eligible for free agency, assuming he’s bought out at $500,000 ahead of the 2018 season. Kelly is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $603,000 this past season.

The Red Sox have already bolstered the bullpen this offseason, bringing flamethrowing closer Craig Kimbrel over from the Padres, bumping Koji Uehara into the set-up role. They also made a big improvement in the rotation, inking David Price to a seven-year, $217 million deal.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.