UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a done deal. Miley is headed to Seattle.
Smith has quietly been one of the best setup men in baseball for the past two seasons, throwing 78 innings with a 2.07 ERA and 102/25 K/BB ratio. He’s another huge upgrade to a Boston bullpen that also added Craig Kimbrel to holdover Koji Uehara. Elias is a potentially useful 27-year-old starter, so the Red Sox seemingly did pretty well here.
After losing Hisashi Iwakuma to the Dodgers the Mariners are searching for rotation help and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re “making progress on a trade” for Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley.
Boston’s previous front office regime acquired Miley from Arizona last offseason in exchange for three prospects and he had a rough 2015 while logging 194 innings with a 4.46 ERA.
Miley’s secondary numbers were considerably better than his 4.46 ERA and he’s a 29-year-old southpaw under team control through 2018, so it makes sense that new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto would target him.