RED SOX ACQUIRE LEFT-HANDED PITCHER WADE MILEY
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today made two separate transactions:
· Acquired All-Star left-handed pitcher Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores.
· Acquired right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Myles Smith.
Miley, 28, was the Diamondbacks’ 2014 Opening Day starter in Sydney, Australia. Last year, he led the team and ranked among NL leaders with 183 strikeouts (12th) and 201.1 innings pitched (13th). He went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA, including a 3.53 mark over his final nine starts of the season and a 3.17 ERA in 17 road starts. His 33 starts overall tied for the lead among NL left-handers, one shy of the major league lead.
In 2014, Miley ranked ninth among major league lefties with a career-best 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Among NL left-handers, only Clayton Kershaw (239), Madison Bumgarner (219), and Cole Hamels (198) totaled more strikeouts.
Miley tied for the 2014 NL lead in no-decisions (13), with 23 of his 33 starts decided by one or two runs. He placed ninth among National Leaguers in ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (1.99).
His 66 starts over the last two seasons are the most in the majors by a left-handed pitcher and trail only right-handers R.A. Dickey (68), James Shields (68), and Chris Tillman (67) overall. He is the only lefty pitcher, and one of only six major leaguers overall, to make at least 33 starts in both 2013 and 2014.
In 2012, Miley was named a National League All-Star and The Sporting News’ NL Rookie of the Year, finishing second in Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting to Washington’s Bryce Harper. That year he tied for sixth in the National League in wins (16-11), ranked 10th in ERA (with a 3.33), and posted the league’s fifth-best walk rate (1.7 walks per nine innings).
A supplemental first-round selection by Arizona in the 2008 June Draft (48th overall), the native of Hammond, Louisiana is 38-35 with a 3.79 ERA and 499 strikeouts over 102 starts and four relief appearances in his four-year major league career.
In 337.0 career innings on the road, Miley owns a 3.31 ERA and a .258 opponent batting average. He has the majors’ eighth-lowest rate of home runs allowed (0.69 home runs per nine innings) in away games since 2011 (min. 250.0 IP).
In his three full major league seasons, from 2012-14, the only NL left-handers with more wins than Miley’s 34 are Kershaw (51), Bumgarner (47), and Gio Gonzalez (42). In that time, he has produced 56 ground ball double plays, third most in the NL.
Spruill, 25, went 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA (9 ER/22.2 IP) with 14 strikeouts and four walks in six outings (1 start) over three major league stints for the Diamondbacks in 2014, his second straight season appearing in the big leagues. He had been designated for assignment on Monday