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Orioles acquire Wade Miley from the Mariners

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Update #2 (7:10 PM EDT): The trade is official, per Heyman.

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Update (6:51 PM EDT): The Mariners will receive lefty pitcher Ariel Miranda from the Orioles if the trade is completed, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Miranda, 27, made his major league debut — his only major league appearance — on July 3, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in two innings against the Mariners. With Triple-A Norfolk, Miranda compiled a 3.93 ERA with an 87/31 K/BB ratio in 100 2/3 innings.

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Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball is reporting that the Orioles are set to acquire starter Wade Miley from the Mariners, pending the medicals of the involved players. The Mariners’ return is currently unknown.

Miley allowed one run on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts in Saturday’s win over the Cubs. He ends July with a 3.45 ERA, which likely helped draw trade interest. His overall ERA is an uninspiring 4.98 with an 82/34 K/BB ratio in 112 innings.

The Mariners acquired Miley this past offseason, sending Roenis Elias and Carson Smith to the Red Sox. Miley will earn the remainder of his $6 million salary for this season as well as $8.75 million in 2017. The Mariners will have a $12 million club option for Miley in 2018 with a $500,000 buyout.

We’ll update you as more details are revealed.

MLB and MLBPA announce first set of COVID-19 test results

MLB COVID-19 test results
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On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.

There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.

Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.