Mariners trade for Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley

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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.

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.