UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a done deal. Miley is headed to Seattle.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the full trade is Miley and minor leaguer Jonathan Aro in exchange for right-hander Carson Smith and left-hander Roenis Elias.
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.
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.